At the Dec. 15 Haines Borough Assembly session, the always impeccably coiffed Mayor Jan Hill redefined “bad hair day” with her invective against citizen activists.

The Mayor read her “prepared statement” with commanding presence, accusing citizens of being “contentious” and “hateful.” I commend this great example of exercising free speech rights – to contest others’ rights as she implored citizens “…must stop now!…” their  power-challenging campaigns.

For several months the Mayor has frequently urged citizens to step forward and become more involved, mostly to satisfy mayoral appointments to borough boards. I guess she has discovered citizen involvement entails more than a compliant, obedient army.

Bill McCord