I would like to take this time to address the concerning rhetoric following the riots at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6. First, let me say that I do not condone the violence at the Capitol last week. The actions of those involved are dishonorable. Across the country and here in St. Croix County people are feeling further divided and many have shared those feelings online. When we experience a tragedy that rises to the level of what we saw last week, it is natural to be angry or hurt but we must not let our emotions get the better of us. We all have our differences. Out of those differences we will have disagreements, but we must show respect to others. Through civil discourse we can better understand our differences and maybe even realize we all have more in common than we think.

I speak for myself and the County Board when I say that unequivocally we must all condemn calls for violence and hate. During this time, I ask for your patience and understanding. We are stronger together and together we will heal as a county.

David Peterson

St. Croix County Board Chair

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