Local opinions are mixed on Libya

Published 11:25 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Suffolk residents had plenty to say about the United States’ involvement in the situation in Libya.

As expected, some were in favor of military intervention, and some were against it. Some also said they don’t know enough about the situation to have an opinion.

Brittany Johnson was among those against U.S. involvement.

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“It’s stupid,” Johnson said. “We’re already in debt as it is, and they’re just making it worse.”

“It’s terrible,” Corine Berry agreed. “They’re going to force another war.”

Beth Legate commented on President Barack Obama’s claim that no ground troops would be sent to Libya, referring to an incident where two military personnel had to eject from a fighter plane when it malfunctioned.

“I think a dude flying a plane in there is ground troops,” she said. “They crashed and then they were on the ground.”

Lisa Peace seemed to want the world just to live up to her last name.

“We’ve got enough fighting in the world,” she said.

Other folks on Tuesday said they were glad to see that the United States was taking action in Libya.

“I’m all for it,” said Waverly Thornhill III, a U.S. Navy veteran. “He needs to be ousted out, one way or another. He’s threatening to kill innocent children, innocent people. There’s no sense in that.”

Jim Sepmoree also said he approved of the American actions and that the bombings were being done with United Nations’ authorization.

“I think the guy’s a nut,” Sepmoree said, referring to Moammar Gadhafi. “He’s been in power too long.”

Still others didn’t have much of an opinion on the situation. Bruce Melton admitted he didn’t know much about it because he doesn’t watch the news that much.

“I can’t really say much,” he said.

Keshia Bolling said she avoids watching the news in order to avoid hear about war.

“It’s sad,” she said. “It’s sad and I try not to watch it too much. I just pray for them.”