(09/12/2001)
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 again.

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 members.


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