Eastern Kentuckians react to bin Laden's death

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

The impact of Osama Bin Laden's death is being felt around the world, including here in eastern Kentucky.

Many say they are glad bin Laden is gone, but some are worried that another leader of terror will emerge.

Folks across Whitesburg were buzzing about the demise of bin Laden.

"I'm glad he's gone. Hate to say that about anybody, but I'm glad he's gone," said Van Goodman, a Vietnam Veteran.

"He does have a lot of influence. To see that he's removed does make me feel a lot better," said Ronald Brunty, a college guidance counselor.

Creda Isaacs says seeing bin Laden's face brought back painful memories from September 11th, 2001.

"I was like I couldn't get my breath. I was nervous, I was excited, and I was sad," said Isaacs.

"Oh I tell you, it sent cold chills all over me. I was so pleased. We suffered for so long, it's hard to say. It's just incredible," said Thomas Owens.

However, some say they are worried that another terrorist will step into bin Laden's place.

"There will always be somebody there, so why let up our guard?" asked one Letcher County man.

"I think we've cut off the head of a snake, but I don't think it will solve the problem," said Daile Vance, an Army veteran.

Even though the War on Terror continues, many are glad to see the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks gone.

"This was something that I think is needed in this country. I'm sure it's a win for our military to say that chapter is done," said Brunty.

"Thank God that he's out of the picture now," said Isaacs.

Osama bin Laden had been on the FBI's Most Wanted List for more than ten years, even before September 11, 2001.

His picture is still online, but now it shows that he is deceased.

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