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When they’re right, they’re really right

Wow! This out-of-control homeless camp problem on Anchorage’s public lands must be far worse than we thought. Even Democrat lawmakers are teeing off on Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Police Chief Justin Doll.

In a letter signed by Anchorage Democratic state Reps. Zack Fields, Geran Tarr, Chris Tuck, Harriet Drummond, Matt Claman, and Republican Sara Rasmussen, along with Senate Democrats Sens. Tom Begich, Bill Wielechowski, and Elvi Gray-Jackson, they vigorously slap Berkowitz and the chief around.

“We are writing to urge the Municipality of Anchorage to use its full legal authority to clean up the city’s parks.” the letter states. “Each year, the number and size of encampments with semi-permanent structures, fires, chop shops, and drug paraphernalia continue to grow. These encampments pose an existential threat to our community’s economic future. Based on our understanding of the options available, we feel the city has not used its full authority to clear camps by removing structures and other materials.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • It’s funny how Elvi Gray-Jackson signs this letter and she was part of the problem not even a year ago. Talk about being a hypocrite.

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