Small Towns Reflect on War with Iraq - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/21/03

Small Towns Reflect on War with Iraq

At the Dairy Bee in Sudan, population 1,039, Mary Torres was flipping burgers and reporting on customer conversations. "That's all we talk about is the war!," she said.

Customers like Bobby Gleason. "Well, we support our troops and our President any time during the war," he said.

Down the road, men on horseback, herding cattle, discussing Iraq. "You never realize how bad it is unless you've got a family member in the service," said Roy Montes. "And we have a brother, and he's not in there yet, but we know that if it were to get worse, he'd be called into it and that's when you start to worry about it, you know?" he said.

And in Anton, at Shirley B's Friday fish buffet, what was once a Christmas tree, now a hero tree, soldiers overseas shining brighter than any ornament. "I agree with President Bush that we've got to do something to finish this," said Ray Cooper.

"I think bush had waited as long as he was gonna' wait," said Patsy Balentine.

As for the fate of Saddam, the verdict is still out. Some think that he's alive. "Do I think he's alive? Yeah, I think he is, I really do," said Danny Jones. Others think he's dead. "They're not sure, we're not sure. I think we already have (got him) to be honest with you, but if we don't, we will!" said Cooper.

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