Calhoun area residents have been glued to the TV and a survey based on thirty
interviews says America must take serious military action toward those who have
violated our soil. Most said minor retaliation, economic sanctions, verbal slaps and
other political devices would be unable to prevent the problem from happening
At least three said statements about consensus building and approval from a majority
of countries should not be used as the basis for a decision to fight back, although all
countries should be informed and support requested.
Paul Whytsell, local VFW official, said "We are getting a taste of war, which has been
kept from our mainland. We must understand that most political methods have not
solved the problems, and there comes a time to fight back." He said most veterans
understand this. He reminded county residents that support is needed for the Second
Annual VFW Veteran's Dinner on Saturday, October 13 at the Arnoldsburg Park. "We
hope people will come out and celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed
and protected our American freedoms."
Several talked about the difficulty of military strikes injuring innocent civilians, but
concluded the enemies of America have little problem with that, with thousands dead
and thousands wounded in New York and Washington.
Calhoun residents are encouraged to attend a Prayer Vigil tonight at the Mount Zion
United Methodist Church, starting at 7 p.m. The vigil will offer prayers for the country,
the thousands of relief workers, our government officials and the families of
thousands who died Tuesday.
"It is short notice, but we hope Herald readers will call their neighbors and invite them
to attend," said Rev. Rick Swearingen.
The American Red Cross previously reported a drop in blood supplies, but now the
need is more desperate, related to the thousands of people injured in the World Trade
Center and Pentagon attack. New York's mayor has made a plea for donors.
The next American Red Cross blood drive will be next Thursday, September 20 at the
First Baptist Church in Grantsville from noon until 6 p.m. "We hope Calhoun people will
come out and support this drive at this critical time in our nation," said Sue Williams,
ARC volunteer. She advised to bring proper identification.
West Virginia residents who are members of army reserve and National Guard units
have been placed on "highest alert," along with all US military, including several local