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In Spring Hope, Citizens Say They Are Ready To Strike Back

Posted September 16, 2001

— Life in the small town of Spring Hope moves moves a bit slower, and folks like it that way. But after the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon, there is very little doubt people here are mad.

Elmer Daniel stopped in to F.B. Bissett Hardware for sausage and talk. "If this is an act of war, you have got to retaliate in the same manner," Daniels said.

Elton Denton has worked here in the store for 47 years, and he hears the talk.

"Well most of them are kind of saddened by what's happened. Most of them want to retaliate, and I'm the same way," Denton said.

He is looking for payback.

"I think I'm like the President. We need to take care of the business and make them pay for what they have done," Denton said.

Angela Rogers stopped by the hardware store with her husband.

"In the smaller communities, people are more concerned with everyone in the community, because you know everyone," Rogers said.

Rogers said most people she knows want to strike back hard. She feels sadness for those who could do this.

John Clark was helping hang a flag Saturday morning. He landed at Normandy, and had seven jeeps shots out from under him. He has no questions about what to do.

"This is war, no question about it. When you wipe out that many people with no consideration for any individuals," Clark said.

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