Commissioners Issue Statement on Washington Event
Westminster, MD, Thursday, January 7, 2021 – In Open Session today, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners voiced its condemnation of the heinous attack on the United States Capitol yesterday. The board is dismayed and outraged by the actions and events in Washington, D.C.
“What an embarrassing showing of disrespect to the principles and values which are the foundation of this great country” said Commissioner Stephen Wantz. “I am appalled at the behavior exhibited yesterday and make a plea to all citizens to be better examples and persevere with peace and understanding, one country, united.”
Commissioner Ed Rothstein noted, “The best compliment someone can give me is not recognition as a Colonel, or a Commissioner, or even as a Soldier; it’s as an American. I've been to many capitals around the world; from Kigali, Kampala, Bucharest, to Kabul and Baghdad, where what we saw yesterday in DC could be considered a norm at one time.... but this is not us, we are stronger and more resilient and will get through this together. Yesterday’s complete lack of good citizenship and civility is contradictory to what the United States exemplifies and is an assault on our democracy and our citizens. Don't be a victim to social media conspiracies or led to places we don't belong. I'm proud to be a Carroll Countian, a Marylander, and especially, an American.”
As Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday evening, “You did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins.”