Letter to the Editor:

Dear Eagle River residents and surrounding area friends:

I wasn’t going to write this letter until I heard about the turmoil in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Brookfield and Kenosha.

What it all comes down to is a lack of respect not only for police officers, but the rule of law.

I live remotely far from the cities mentioned above and in the safety of our North Woods. I’m going to tell you a story. 

I was sitting down with my family in the late afternoon, having our cocktails and dinner. We don’t get much company, but two cars came down our drive. There were 10 people, five in each car. 

As we were eating, these 10 people got out of their cars and rushed my house, broke down the back door, broke the window and entered our home. I couldn’t believe what was happening.

The people entered my home, ate the food off the table, raided my refrigerator, ate some more food and drank my beer and wine. My family and I were in a state of disbelief. We worked so hard for all of these things.

They decided to go outside for awhile and I had a chance to call the police. I was completely taken aback when the person on the 911 call told me because of financial costs, they could not come to our aid. They said we had to take care of ourselves.

I went for my gun and realized I could own a gun, but I could not buy ammunition for it.

After five hours, my food was gone, my beer and liquor drunk. I looked around the house. Things were destroyed and the place was left in shambles. 

The intruders were outside. We were finally relieved, until I looked out my window and saw they were putting up their tents in my yard.

Think it can’t happen here? I hope not, but guess again. Look around. It’s happening in some of our cities across America. 

Take care and pay attention fellow Americans.

Harold Kressin