From Staff Reports
Yukon residents reacted this week to events that took place Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. where a peaceful protest took place and violence later erupted. Local people offered opinions on where the country is headed as well.
On Wednesday, a group of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. after a peaceful rally had taken place during the morning and a speech was given by President Trump. Counting and certification of the Electoral College votes was disrupted by violence however, and a woman was shot to death.
The news was a hot topic at Mae’s Home Cooking.
Mae Welliver, owner of Mae’s Home Cooking, supports President Donald Trump, but said she does not condone violence.
“I think we are in a heap of trouble with Biden getting in. I think we need to go back start over and get Trump back where he belongs,” Welliver said.
She said the events of Wednesday were part of conversations with regular customers at the restaurant.
Charles Schwarz of Yukon said he was not too surprised at developments.
He said he has had trouble following news reports.
“I’m getting confused by fake news at this point,” Schwarz said.
He said he thinks there is a chance the country will come together to move forward.
“I don’t think we need to worry too much. I think President Biden is more solid than most people think. I don’t believe he is going to sell our country out,” Schwarz said.
He said he has a hard time believing all news reports, however.
“I believe that we are not getting true press coverage of what’s really happening,” Schwarz said.
Mae’s cook Pam Short, said she supports Trump but did not support violence on Capitol Hill.
“I just think Biden is going to just take everything away from us. Biden wants to do away with drilling oil on our soil. That has kept so many Americans alive, especially here on the Plains. That has kept families afloat. My husband works in the oilfield. I’m worried about that and making us like a Communist country,” Short said.
She said she thinks Trump was “robbed” in the election.
“The election was rigged 100% I believe,” Short said.
As for the violence, she said she hopes that has ended.
“I don’t agree with all the violence. I hope that stops,” Short said.
Retired Yukon firefighter Ralph Corr Jr. worked for 25 years for the city. Corr, 71, said on Thursday at The Tavern on Main Street Trump would have been a better choice for president.
“I think we elected the wrong president. And I don’t agree with what happened yesterday, but it is not Donald Trump’s fault,” Corr said.
Corr’s parents were father, Ralph Corr Sr. and mother Ramona Corr. Ralph Corr Sr. was also a Yukon firefighter.
“I think we are in trouble for the next four years,” Corr said. “I hope we survive it.”
Yukon First United Methodist Church senior pastor, The Rev. Kirt Moelling, said he also watched the events unfold Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
“I was deeply disturbed by what I saw. To me that is not acceptable behavior for anyone in this nation who may be upset about results of an election or whatever, but that does not entitle us to be violent or take matters into our own hands in that way and interrupt the peaceful transfer of power,” Moelling said.
“That was very disturbing to me, and I hope perhaps with a new administration, maybe, I am hoping people can calm down and the temperature be lowered, and we can see each other as Americans and not just as someone of a different party or a different view.”