Dear Editor,

After reading the Saturday, May 16, edition of the EagleHerald, especially the article titled “Sheriff Marks: Deputies won’t enforce Whitmer’s orders with arrests, citations,” I felt the need to write this letter.

I want to thank Sheriff Marks for acknowledging our “sacrifices” as we try to stay alive and for showing us that when we disagree with a law or order issued by our government, we don’t have to obey. I feel liberated now knowing I can do what I want, when I want, without fear of arrest or being cited if I disagree with applicable laws.

In the old days, when we were a law-abiding nation and when we disagreed with a law or ordinance or other instruction, we’d appeal to the governing body or filed the necessary documents to challenge it in the legal system. Now we’re free to do as we please thanks to Sheriff Marks’ brave stance. I’m sure the occupants in the flood of cars crossing the river into Marinette to pack the bars and go shopping in Green Bay have our well-being in mind and will ensure they’ll practice social distancing and other CDC guidelines cited by Wisconsin State Rep. Nygren.

On the other hand, I wonder if Sheriff Marks hasn’t created a situation where harm will fall upon citizens of Menominee County he’s sworn to protect and if his willful disregard for the rule of law won’t create a situation where he and/or the county could be held criminally negligent or civilly liable.

A certain political party asked for this, now let’s see how it plays out for them. I hope my loved ones and I are around to see the results.


Gary Peterson