Assemblyman Paul Rogers recently submitted a resolution to declare Haines a sanctuary city. I unequivocally agree and want the record to show that I, too, want Haines to be a sanctuary city.

I want Haines to be a sanctuary from the divisiveness, vitriol and name-calling that characterize national politics. There are some topics, like abortion and gun safety legislation, that are hot button issues. Those who feel strongly about them are not likely to change their minds. What would passing this resolution accomplish? How does this resolution help those in our community that are struggling?  Please don’t waste our valuable time by stirring up a hornet’s nest. Stick to local issues where the output of energy yields results that improve our lives here in Haines. 

Joe Ordonez