Letter to the Editor

The ‘Broken Heart City’

To the editor: On Dec. 10, 2018, a frightening, sweeping antidiscrimination ordinance (No. 6093) seemed to pop up out of nowhere at the Fairbanks City Council. It seemed like an ambush.

On Feb. 25, 2019, four of the six council members voted to pass it into law — a law that is unnecessary, burdensome and intrusive. The businesses of Fairbanks would have been faced with the possible threats of shakedowns and lawsuits.

Fortunately, we citizens were rescued at the last minute by Mayor Jim Matherly. He felt that such a monumental ordinance was bigger than a mayor and six council members. He believed that the ordinance should be placed as a ballot measure so that all the citizens could have a chance to review it and vote on it. The mayor vetoed Ordinance 6093 on March 1 to provide more time to gather input on the issue.

But many of the proponents of 6093 did not want the proposed ordinance to be placed on the ballot. They did not want the citizens to have a chance to vote on it. The four original proponents on the City Council launched an all-out effort to override the veto on March 11 but fell one vote short. They needed five votes.

Kathryn Dodge is challenging Mayor Jim Matherly in the Oct. 1 election. Kathryn Dodge supports 6093 and would not have vetoed it. I believe that if she is elected as mayor, an ordinance like 6093 will be passed into law without the people first having a chance to vote on it as a ballot measure.

All antidiscrimination laws (whether federal or state) directed at the private sector are wrong in that they attack a person’s basic human right to choose what they want.

Presently, the official city of Fairbanks seal has the “Golden Heart” emblem. We Fairbanksans are good and fair-minded in a voluntary and free-will fashion. But if a coercive, authoritarian law like 6093 is passed, we will become the “Broken Heart” city. See this new possible city seal on my website at www.KeepFairbanksFree.com.

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