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January 11, 2014

Thank you Army, but no thanks!

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I want to thank the U.S. Army for their donation. I am sure your order came from the top of the command to make some use of these armored vehicles. However these vehicles are not conducive for domestic use.

The cost to support and train with these vehicles will be an extra burden on Anchorage taxpayers. Vehicle parts are unique and costly, not your typical police cruiser. Storage, petroleum and lube costs to keep up the vehicle may cost several thousand dollars. By their own admission, the use of this equipment will be rare.

Accepting these vehicles in our neighborhoods convey a message that our local police do not trust their own abilities as trained law enforcement officials to handle domestic incidents.

However, in the hands of the police this readily assessable equipment will enable police to rely on the easiest and fastest method to quell a hostile situation. I have trust in our police to handle any situation without using military force.

The Mayor of this city should not have accepted this donation on the principle that we trust our citizens; and if we need emergency equipment of this nature we can always ask for the National Guard.

Return this equipment!

About the Author

Chief Editor
Paul Bauer has served in various positions on Anchorage community boards, commissions and councils in and out of elected office with over a decade of business management experience after serving 22 years of national service. His background includes living in and visiting many diverse communities around the United States, Europe with small excursions to the Pacific that had him working with culturally diverse groups of people most of his life. As an Assembly Member he was one Member that voted against Mayor Mark Begich's costly budget increase; the largest spending budgets in the city's history; raising awareness to get a public discussion on illegal immigration in the city and removing the city's "Sanctuary City" status; bringing public awareness of the Mayor's lavish spending and his conflict of interest with his family's gift shop on the “E Street” road improvement project.


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