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Tag: 9/11


PRIVACY: US fighting a new kind of war

Regarding Eugene Robinson’s column (TNT, 6-7) about privacy becoming an obsolete commodity, I understand his concern. However, we are at war and sometimes I think we forget that. It is not the battlefield war in Afghanistan. It is being fought here, every day.

The digital age makes it possible to download instructions to make poisons and build bombs. It is not the job of the Internet to do anything but dispense requested information. The morality of those requests is not part of any digital environment, and if it were, we would be concerned about censorship.

We live in a

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GUNS: Congress stands idle while Americans die

On 9/11, nearly 3,000 people died. As a result, our government launched two wars at a cost, according to a Harvard study, of $4 trillion to $6 trillion. In 2012, approximately 32,000 Americans died from gun violence. As a result of those deaths, our government has done nothing.

After the 9/11 deaths, Congress passed major legislation which, according to critics, undermines the Bill of Rights and legally allows governmental intrusion into citizens’ privacy. Congress also created Homeland Security, which daily affects thousands of Americans.

After the 2012 gun deaths, Congress cannot even pass a law requiring gun purchaser background checks

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TERRORISM: How about a little cowboy diplomacy?

Since 9/11 we have become so traumatized worrying about similar recurrences that we have decided that we need to punish ourselves by having to pay to be frisked like common criminals before we are allowed to board flights. Never mind the fact that we must arrive at airports an hour or two before flight time because of the fear terrorists have instilled in us.

At a time when our economy is in such dire straits, American taxpayers are being forced to pick up the tab for 40,000-50,000 airport screeners and air marshals and still live in fear that somehow suicide

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9/11: A remnant from the South Tower

Recently I read about a newly discovered remnant from 9/11 that temporarily stopped my blood from circulating. The tragic event of 9/11 stunned humanity’s imagination, caused the Earth to pause from its rotation, sent stark ripples through the universe and witnessed God blinking.

This past August, as a result of forensic evidence and a seemingly miraculous process of spiritual influence, Denise Scott learned the nature of her husband’s last moments at the top of the South Tower (Tower Two) in the World Trade Center. The surviving note, which was identified through analysis of a thumb-size blotch of blood, read:


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9/11: Commemorative flags taken from yard

For the past 11 years, my family has put flags in our front yard to remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks and to honor the first responders. My husband, Mike, and my son, Ryan, completed this task last night. However, when we woke up this morning, our flags that were so strategically placed in our front yard were gone. Only one was left in the hedge by our mailbox.

These flags were not expensive, but the point is that the person or persons who took them knew that today was a day not one American will ever forget. My

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9/11: Overcome our national PTSD

We are once again remembering that tragic day 11 years ago when our country experienced a traumatic act of terror. Every year we seem to need to relive that nightmare and go back to the violence and fear of that terrible day.

What has come to concern me is how it changed us as a nation. Most of those changes have not been positive. Just as our soldiers experience moments of rage, with their post-traumatic stress syndrome, we have yet to get control of our own anger because of that horrible event.

Partisan anger is extremely vicious and divisive. The

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TSA: Security seems to be in the wrong places

Re: “Americans on no-fly list allowed to learn to fly” (newstribune.com, 7-18).

Can you imagine that 11 years after 9/11 that the government is allowing people who do not have permission to be in this country (illegal aliens) to attend flying school in the U.S.? Can you imagine that a flying school in the U.S. is operated by someone who does not have permission to be in this country, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Is the government trying to recreate 9/11?

And in the meantime, as airline passengers, we are subjected to being groped by Transportation Security Administration

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JOBS: GOP’s inaction caused real suffering

Re: “GOP sacrifices jobs in shameless bid to win election” (TNT, 6-13).

After the attacks of 9/11, Americans rightly closed ranks behind President George Bush, Democrats and Republicans alike. Those Democrats who balked at the headlong rush to war were labeled as al-Qaida sympathizers or worse. They were labeled as soft on terrorism because they didn’t go along with legislation such as the Patriot Act or the Military Commissions Act, even though both seriously weakened our Constitution.

In the end, their skepticism of the Bush administration proved well-founded. After inheriting a budget surplus, that Republican administration spent like drunken

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