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When I first came to Juneau about 27 years ago, there was Ray Paddock serving on the city-borough Assembly along with Rosalie Walker.
Now, I can't recall the minority status of Natives back then - probably around 15 to 17 percent. At the same time the black population was less than one-half of one percent, and Juneau not only re-elected Rosalie again and again, but Becky Baer to the school board a few years later.
Why? Because they were good people and Juneau never seemed to judge by color.
I can't help but wonder what has changed. Perhaps the "enlightened" and extremely liberal evolution in Juneau since then has found it a tad more politically correct as it endeavors to find something more to complain about.