BOISE -- Nearly everyone agrees that it is good news Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been released, safe and unharmed. However, public opinion starts to divide on the circumstances of his release, and how he disappeared from his post in Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was asked over the weekend if Bergdhal was a deserter and if he could face punishment. Hagel did not answer one way or another. However, there are local people who have plenty to say.
News Talk 670's afternoon host Nate Shelman took nearly 40 calls from listeners in two hours. All of them had something to say about Bergdahl.
I'm glad that we've got an American back, said one radio caller.
However, not all of the callers are in agreement on how Bergdahl disappeared. Some of them asserting strong opinions.
Well, he didn't leave the base to go get a six pack at down at the local Stinker store. That's all I know, brother, said one radio caller.
Another caller is happy the ordeal is over.
So whether it be that he was just mentally sick, or just up and ran off, or he was a deserter, or he did get kidnapped, we need to be happy because our boys aren't risking their lives anymore to find him.
Bergdahl's freedom was exchanged for five Taliban militants from Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. Most local listeners don't agree with the trade.
Don't trade. That's the worst thing we could do. It shows that we're weak. And it's about time we stand strong, said a radio caller.
I think he should be dishonorably discharged because he was a deserter and is a deserter, said another radio caller.
Another caller from Boise believes Americans should save their opinions until all the facts are in.
I am glad that Bowe is back. I don't like the trade, but we live in the United States of America where you are innocent until proven guilty. So all those wanna-be jurors and judges can go take a long walk off a short pier, said one radio caller.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Hailey, Bergdahl's hometown, says the city has been inundated with phone calls and emails from people debating whether Bergdahl should be hailed as a hero or tried in court as a deserter.