Before I retired to Door County, I spent my working career as a news photographer in Washington, D.C. The Capitol building was an integral part of my life. I loved being an observer of living history and working in an environment that is so dear to our democracy. I spent many years in this hallowed building, always with a sense of pride of having the privilege to be part of the community of news gatherers.
When I saw the footage of the rioters defiling the building I knew so well and loved, I was heartbroken. I had walked the same stairs where the Capitol Police officer was forced to retreat from the mob, and I have worked in the House and Senate chambers countless times. I have been in many of the congressional offices and have taken historic photos in the Capitol Rotunda. I have been in Statuary Hall for the State of the Union Address numerous years.
To say I was devastated by what took place on Jan. 6 is an understatement. I am grief stricken and sad. I hope we can now start to heal our country by trying to understand each other’s point of view in a mature way that moves the country forward. We are still the greatest country in the world.