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How do you feel one year after the terrorist attacks?

Today marks one year since the September 11th tragedy. How do you feel about the attacks one year later? How do you feel about the way they changed America? Are you still trying to cope, or have you come to terms with what happened?

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I think the problem it poses for us going forward is that this horrible act was probably a 'success' of sorts. It certainly got the United States' attention and GREATLY increased our awareness of what's going on in the Middle East, and exposed us to Palestinian, Middle Eastern, and Islamic viewpoints we would have continued to be otherwise oblivious to. If the Palestinians ever get their own Nation - the US will have to convince Israel to tolerate it. If we do so, wouldn't those who stated their case Sept. 11, along with those carrying out suicide bombings in Israel every week, feel like their actions helped bring it about?

cj, watertown


hello AMERICA; From the morning april 19 to a morning september 11 and beyond,we fight,bleed and remember those who died for this most beautiful country. Come on fellow AMERICANS lets back up PRESIDENT BUSH and in words from flight 93 lets roll and end the terror in iraq.

bill , lowell


Life is a sparkling flower, Flowing with colors from the raibow of Freedom, Shinning bright as we stand together tight, But someday that flower must wither away.

Mike, Brockton, MA


One year after, I still feel sad and I'm still very angry about what happened. I don't think the was on terrorism will ever be finished but I hope and pray that our government makes all those responsible pay as well as the countries that harbour these terrorists.

Brett , Boston


We are without doubt the greatest country on earth, however we have an incredible number of faults. Why did this horrible event happen? Not because we are free, there are many free countries that are not targets. It is the USA and our embassies. We dwell on wealth, our well-paid athletes demand more and more money. Our movies and recordings now are primarily filth. We are the Capital of rapes and murders. We venture into the world, policing other countries and involving ourselves with the Israeli problem. Lets get back to our original intentions of the USA and once again we might have the respect that we all want to have.

fred , southbridge


Today reminds me of childhood summers spent in South Carolina visiting my grandparents. They were the only Jews living in a small town in the central part of the state at a time when the schools were still segregated. They were expatriated New Yorkers (via Russia and Poland. You can hear my grandmother's voice as part of several displays on Ellis Island and see a picture of her family in another display) who had opened a small and the only departmnt store in town. Those summers are full of memories. They introduced me to this song, sung both by Frank Sinatra and Paul Robeson. The House I Live In

What is America to me?
A name, a map, or a flag I see?
A certain word, "democracy"?
What is America to me?

The house I live in, a plot of earth, a street
The grocer and the butcher, and the people that I meet
The children in the playground, the faces that I see
All races and religions, that's America to me.

The place I work in, the worker by my side
The little town or city where my people lived and died
The "howdy" and the handshake, the air of feeling free
And the right to speak my mind out, that's America to me

The things I see about me, the big and the small
The little corner newsstand and the house a mile tall
The wedding in the churchyard, the laughter and the tears
The dream that's been a growin' for a hundred and fifty years (this was recorded in 1945)

The town I live in, the street, the house, the room
The pavement of the city, or a garden all in bloom
The church, the school, the clubhouse, the million lights I see
But especially the people
That's America to me.

I was able to find the lyrics on the internet. However, I also remember some lyrics later added I believe by Paul Robeson.

The words of old Abe Lincoln
Of Jefferson and Paine
(I can't remember this next line)
And the task that still remains
Of Lexington and Concord where freedom's fight began
Of Gettysburg and Midway and the story of Bataan.

I just thought this was apt on this day, and wanted to share.

Steven , Peabody


Scared, how could something like this happen. After 9/11 I'm always wondering what will be next and if I've told my love ones I love them. My heart goes out to all of the families and loved ones who were lost a year ago on this day. I had the opportunity to go on tour with the Mystic Chorale this summer to Germany. We sang songs of healing and peace. It was a very emotional experience for all. We all realized that there's a sadness in this world that is so deep you can feel it. If we could just have peace...

Christine, Winthrop


September 11 was a tragedy that we will never forget, but when I hear people say over and over "why do they hate us" I want to scream. Wake up, America! It is suivide to willfully blind ourselves to the fact that American oil and foreign policy has contributed in large part to our current role as a target country. Read your history! Has America really been in the forefront of promoting democracy and freedom throughout the world? Perhaps in Europe after WW2, but look at what we've done in Central and South America, Asia, you name it. More often than not our government has sabotoged popular democratic movements and installed totalitarian rulers. WE supported the mujahideen (including Osama!) against the Soviet Union, and our government's refusal to make good on its promise to help rebuild Afghanistan after the Soviet withdrawal helped lead to the Taliban's taking power. When Saddam Hussein was using weapons of mass destruction against Iran, WE supported him financially and by providing him with weaponry. He was on our 'good guy' list while perpetrating some of the most heinous crimes against humankind on record. There are countless other instances where our government's refusal to do the right thing and promote democratic governments rather than oppressive regimes has led to the present climate Study our history before you cry 'war'. What you learn may make you realize that we need to take real, meaningful steps towards addressing the root causes of terrorism rather than striking at will. I'm sure there will be countless indignant replies to my letter, but I implore my fellow Americans not to wrap themselves in a flag of ignorance and patriotic fervor, but be courageous and pay attention to what is really going on. Be a real patriot. So much of what America is supposed to be about - freedom, liberty - has been attacked most violently not from the outside but from our own government under the cover of 'security'. Speak up and hold our government accountable. Oil money funds terrorism - wake up. We have a president whose campaign received enormous amounts of money from the oil industry and whose family has generations-old ties to the Saudi oil princes. They aren't interested in truly stopping terrorism because that would mean stopping the flow of oil and consequently, their profits. America could easily find alternative fuel sources - we put a man on the moon in 1969 - we can do anything if we put our minds and resources into it. Let's speak out, America. Remind your government representatives that they are working for us, not the other way around, and they need to take REAL steps towards making America and the world safer. This will be difficult for them to do, because there has been enourmous pressure since last year to tow the Bush administrations line of 'you're with us or against us', but it is vital for preserving what is truly precious to us. So let's honor the memory of those who died last year not by crying for more blood to be spilled, but standing up courageously for real justice and a sustainable, brighter future.

Nellie, Boston


The united states has become the symbol of greed in the world. A trip to fenway park shows the amount of greed involved in a game. Signs of greed plastered all over the walls and poles.

Alegi, Phoenix


last year on the 11th is was out on the golf course i was working at mowning greens. I remeber stopping and thinking " Wow what a summer and what a nice day." i was getting ready to go back to school so i was appreciating every last day outside in the warmth of the sun. as i sit here today about to go back to school again, i cant help but think that i would give anything to go back to the innocense of that early sept morning last year.

tom, boston


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