Strom: “We don’t know enough about military strategy to know what should be done at this point and what is safe for the people who are over there in uniform, and I would be concerned that we would somehow support something that may jeopardize our military forces. However, I think there is growing sentiment in our community that a plan or a strategy for getting out of Iraq is probably appropriate. Though it’s one thing to say that we ought to get out of there right away, it’s another to say that we should begin to develop a strategy for withdrawal. Maybe we should make special tribute to our armed forces over there — maybe that should be part of the ordinance. We’ve lost 3,000 lives over there and I don’t think we know how many people have been wounded and maimed permanently injured fighting a war that started on the misbelief that there were weapons of mass destruction on site. We got ourselves involved in a very volatile situation, and it’s very dangerous for our troops serving to provide a more secure life for us in this country.”
Davlin: “If you take the politics out of it, 95 percent of our votes would be all the same. The other 5 percent of the time, those are philosophical questions like smoking, pay-at-the-pump, leaf burning. Those are the kinds of things [in which] I don’t have a dog in that fight. I’m a big business with 1,700 employees. For me, there’s no reason for me to be in the middle of any controversy like [the Iraq War]. I’ve got enough concerns running police, fire, public works, libraries, doing economic development. Like I said, 5 percent of the things are philosophical, so let the aldermen decide. That’s a philosophical political thing, and, for me, I’m sitting in a nonpartisan seat. I’ve got too many other issues to be concerned about on a day-to-day basis.”
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