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Share your thoughts on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

Two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, America has unmistakably changed. Yet, as time heals the emotional and physical wounds of that day, many aspects of life have returned to the way they were. What are your thoughts on this, the second anniversary of the disaster? Has the nation taken to heart the lessons of that searing event? Are we safer today than we were? Or are we at greater peril? How do you rate the job the Bush administration has done combatting terrorism? And what is your opinion on the rebuilding of Ground Zero? What should rise there, and what should the victims' memorial look like?

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Life is a mystery and only GOD has the answer. My prayers are for the repose of the victim souls and their families. This poem was written for t hem. FOREVER FOUND I SAY, I'M FEELING WEAK BUT YOU WILL BE MY STRENGTH I SAY, THE PATH IS STEEP BUT YOU WILL HOLD MY HAND I SAY, IT'S GETTING DARK BUT YOU WILL BE MY LIGHT I SAY, IT'S HARD TO SEE BUT YOU WILL BE MY SIGHT I'M FRIGHTENED OF WHAT'S AHEAD BUT YOU WILL BE AT MY SIDE I FEEL AS IF I'M ALMOST DEAD BUT YOU SAY IT'S FOR ME YOU DIED IS IT TRUE THAT I MUST ENTER A GATE? YES, AND I WILL BE THERE IS IT TRUE THERE WILL BE NO MORE HATE? YES, ONLY LOVE FOR ALL TO SHARE IS IT TRUE I WILL SEE MY LOVED ONES AGAIN? YES, FOR I AM LOVE, THE BEGINNING AND THE END NO MORE SIN WILL EVER EXIST NEITHER IN MIND NOR IN ONES MIST ONLY JOY COMPLETE WILL ABOUND FOR I AM TRUE LIFE FOREVER FOUND (In Memory of our loved ones we thought to have lost forever they are now FOREVER FOUND in CHRIST

Rose, Stoneham


Tom and Ben of Boston who responded to 'Retrospection in Boston' : September 11, 2001 was a tragedy, no one is denying that. But what makes the lives lost in New York, Washingotn DC, and Pennsylvania that day more valuable than the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of lives lost around the world in the name of the US? The events of September 11, 2001 were tragic, disgusting, and deplorable, and yes performed by cowards. But, what about September 11, 1973? When the United States' own Pres. Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and the CIA funded and supported the hostile takeover of a democraticly elected president in Chile causing thousands of deaths, tortures, rapes, kidnaps, and disapeared during an 17 year dictatorship? Is this September 11th less tragic and revolting because it did not occur in our own 'backyard'? I agree and think today should be a day of sharing our thoughts and how this horrible day has changed us, united us, and formed this country. But what happens tomorrow when the blood of the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their lives in the name of the US, and its hypocritical foreign policy, reappears on all of our hands?

Paula, Somerville


I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 7 months pregnant with twins and all I could think about was what kind of world my children would be growing up in. They will never know the kind of peaceful childhood I had. This world has changed more in the last 2 years then it has in the last 30 years before 9/11. Some things have changed for the better, some for the worse. Today should be a national holiday to remember the event that did change our lives forever and the lives of all the generations yet to be born. September 11 is a staple in history. Someone decided that this date would be a placemark for every generation of the future. It holds so much significance, not only for those who lost loved ones, but for the world. Something should be done to give it the honor it deserves.

Annie, Wilmington


In my life there are two dates burned into my memory. November 22,1963 and September 11, 2001. Both days this nation came together to comfort each other as we mourned. " Never Forget; Never Be Unprepared Again" is the motto the United States has to live by. And be resolved that this " war" against terrorists will not end in one year, ten years, or maybe in my life. There are no quick victories here. This country must be resolved in its determination to rid the world of people who would kill innocent citizens because of orders from a group of madmen. As for rebuilding Ground Zero. The design plan that I have seen is unacceptable. The proposed World Trade Center looks like something out of a Superman movie. My suggestion is a simple one. Construct one building that will house businesses. Erect a memorial for the 9/11 victims. And then build the largest flagpole on Earth, and raise the largest American flag ever made in a show to terrorists that they failed in their mission to scare us.

Mark Giardina, Webster NY


I think our president has done a great job. I still believe we have a long way to go but it is difficult to balance our protection vs our freedom

joe, belmont


Ellen Goodman and the rest of the liberal media should be ashamed of themselves for attacking President Bush on this horrid anniversary. The reason President Bush attacked Saddam was Saddam's failure to comply with 17 UN resolutions and provide proof that he had destroyed all his WMD's. President Bush could not take the chance that Saddam had these weapons and would pass them on to some terrorist organization. Such a situation would make Sept. 11 look like a flower show. God bless President Bush, the famalies of the Sept. 11 victims and America.

Lance, Atlanta


A.A. Birmingham, Your comments disgust me. If this is such a terrible place do us all a favor and leave.

C.T, Lexington


I will never forget September 11, 2001 and all of the people that lost their lives so needlessly that horrific day. No one should ever forget. But are we any safer today? Maybe to some extent, but the war on terrorism will be never ending. Our actions in the Middle East, now and in the past, will continue to breed hatred towards our country. I love this country and would not want to live anywhere else. One reason that I love this country is that I enjoy the privilege of being able to voice my opinion about our government. I have the ability to question their policies, as do we all. Questioning the government's current policies does not make me or anyone else unpatriotic. I certainly do not have all of the answers to the world's problems and I don't believe anyone ever will. But I do know that if the world as a whole continues to let hatred and intolerance rule then all will be lost.

Jennifer, Norwood


I am so grateful to the radio stations and media outlets that continue to pause and offer a moment of silence on this date at the time of the first attack. In our busy daily routine we often forget how lucky we are and what we take for granted. Listening in my car this morning to the patriotic and well chosen songs that followed the silences, I realized just how much we are all still hurting. I rolled the windows down and turned the radio up full volume so other commuters could share my pride. Driving to work with tears streaming uncontrollably from behind my sunglasses, I looked around and saw many others alone in their vehicles wiping their eyes and holding tissues to their red faces. I was glad to see that I was not the only one who was openly re-living that morning two years ago, but I was also comforted in the unspoken acceptance we all have for each other's display of sorrow today. Just by looking at other people's faces we can see where their thoughts are today, and are reminded that we are slowly recovering from a broken heart. Without being able to escape from myself while in my car this morning, I appreciated just how sobering the thoughts of my own mortality and that of those I love can be. Entering my work place I had to pass through security measures implemented as a result of the events of this date. I walked into my office with swollen eyes and a dazed demeaner. I made no apologies for my appearance. God Bless America!!

Kathy, Boston


Well a.a, Birmingham chimes in with the most ludicrous comments of the day. Your replay of the democratic presidential candidate debate is old and tired. God bless all those who's lives were lost in this senseless act of murder.

r Denis, Wauwatosa WI


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