Hoosiers speak against Syria action

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People across central Indiana are speaking out against possible military action against Syria.

Indiana's 5th District Congresswoman Susan Brooks says after listening to Hoosiers at several public forums, she will be voting against President Barack Obama's resolution requesting authorization to use military force against the Middle Eastern nation.

Carol's Cornerstone Café in Greenfield is a great place to come for home-cooked meals. Randy McPherson loves the oatmeal, but he doesn't like the idea of America getting involved in Syria.

"It's a civil war and I think we ought to stay out of it," McPherson said.

Michael Hall is sitting just across the table and he agrees.

"I think we are avoiding immigration, unemployment and our deficit to go police other people. I think we need to get our house right," he said.

Jennifer McClure and her two-year-old son Shawn are out for a midday stroll in Beech Grove.

"We can't afford our own. We can't help our own. There are too many homeless, too many hungry and too many abused and out of shelter. We have no business being in another country," she said.

Just the idea of using gas to kill their own people is repulsive to her, but not a reason for America to get involved.

"Another reason we should stay out, what will they do to our kids? If they gas their own, what will they do to ours? They don't care. Another one of those 9/11 repercussions no one thought about," McClure said.

Over in Brownsburg, Cheryl Pauley was in the chair at First Impressions Hair Salon. She says she will be watching the president's speech Tuesday night, but she's pretty sure she will be sticking to her first impression when it comes to Syria.

"We've been in so many wars that all we get out of it is death and our guys and women come back and they have seen such horrible things that they can't get over it. They can't go back to a normal life. It's very hard for them," she said.

In Zionsville, Shumar Johnson is concerned about the deficit and the bill his generation will inherit.

"I am not sure we want to inherit all that. We just got out of Iraq. I had kin involved in that. If this turns into the same kind of scenario, that is one of the reasons we elected him. Now, he wants to turn around and do the same thing," Johnson said.

Clearly, the president has work to do if he wants to gain the support of Hoosiers in Indiana.

Again, this is not scientific and we specifically wanted to get out of the city to areas surrounding Indianapolis to gauge reaction, but we talked to five Hoosiers in four different communities - north, south, east and west - and, in this case, it was unanimous.