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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 feel that it is sad that people decide to read other peoples feelings and make a joke of them on this day. Or to tell families to stop their crying and get on with it...I hope one day you find a heart

tim, boston


Lisa from Quincy, et al. You prove that some of the sorriest people on this planet are the ones who have a total disrespect for the feelings and lives of other people.

KP, Brockton


Kill them all. They obviously want to die anyway. Religion was not created to seperate. The ignorant people who do this don't even have the courage to show their face...if they are so confident heaven awaits them, then let's get it on and find out. Until then, loosen your towels, it's skewing your ability to reason.....

KillThemAll, USA


I still haven't mourned. My first instinct when everything happened was disbelief and anger. For these clowns to bite the hand that feeds the world is unbelievable. America does not deserve nor will tolerate being a scapegoat for the rest of the world's ills.

Matt , Brighton


It's been a great year for me actually. I have a new girlfriend who's awesome and I won a bit of money out in Vegas in March. I've been able to do quite a bit of traveling here and abroad, which has been great also. I'm looking forward to another great year between now and next September 11th!

Mitch McGovern, Brookline


My feelings? I have two words for our military when it comes to finding everyone who had anything to do with this: Happy hunting.

Sean , Brockton, MA


Freethinker-you need to see a shrink---I can respect (however not agree) your agnostic attitude however misguided it may be but to blame religion for the world's problems is ignorant. PEOPLE start wars, love, land and religion are just excuses. It is ignorance such as yours that feeds the hatred that you were bashing! We as American need stand strong and use our political power (writing your congressman/woman is a good start)--or can you imagine just HELPING out--volunteer, try to behave better and might I say-act more CHRISTIAN towards others. God did not intend for us to use His name in vain and you must trust that HE will have the final say on our fates. I pray for EVERY soul affected by 911-and I pray for you, you need it

Scared, Anytown


THE TIME HAS COME TO MAKE A STAND! WE WERE PLACED IN THIS POSITION BY EVIL PEOPLE WITH EVIL MINDS. IF WE DO NOT RESPOND AND TAKE BACK OUR FREEDOMS, IT WILL BE LOST FOREVER. WE DON'T COMPROMISE, THERE IS NOTHING LEFT TO TALK ABOUT. THE TIME FOR NEGOTIATIONS IS OVER. THE HUMANITY AND CIVILITY WAS TAKEN AWAY ONE YEAR AGO TODAY. WE STAND FIRM AND DETERMINED. ANY COUNTRY THAT DISAGREES WITH IT, DISAGREES WITH AMERICA. WE LAY IT ON THE LINE. IF WE REALLY WANT TO STOP WHAT'S HAPPENING, WE HAVE TO DO IT OURSELVES. STAND WITH US OR GET OUT OF OUR WAY. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T THINK WAR ISN'T RIGHT I ONLY SAY THIS...WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE, ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE. THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIGHT WHEN IT IS IMPORTANT TO SAVE A WAY OF LIFE IN ORDER TO PRESERVE IT FOR OUR CHILDREN. IT ISN'T PLEASANT, BUT IT'S NECESSARY. LIKE IT OR NOT, THAT IS WHERE WE ARE AT THIS VERY MOMENT. WE WILL NOT BE PUSHED AROUND BY ANYONE. WE HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE FOR MANY YEARS, BUT NOW THAT'S OVER. IF WE EVER WANT WHAT WE ONCE HAD BACK, THEN WE NEED TO BE ASSERTIVE AND GET IT BACK. WE KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE AND WE KNOW THEY AREN'T FINISHED, SO WHY NOT TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE ENEMY? LET'S SETTLE THIS.

Larry, Boston


I remembered those who lost their lives in this horrible tragedy with a moment of silence this morning. It has been a very tough year for our nation and for those families who are still grieving. Yet, I have also tried to hold onto the notion that every day is a new chance for hope and peace. I think about my children who are still very young and I want them to remember their childhood years with happiness - I don't want all of their memories to be of sad and somber events. It is this thought that inspired me to write the following poem. I was lisening to a children's chorus that my daughter was a part of and it struck me that it was a very joyous moment and that it was okay to feel the rapture of it. It is true, we must "never forget" but we must also endeavor to create a future of hope and lasting peace for our children. Sweet Moments Abound by Laura H. Brophy Towers crumble and tears are shed, a nationís soul is bruised and battered, the world is in a tumultuous flux, but here in my little town sweet moments still abound. Just the other day the children sang in joyous chorus, someone's pet was finally found and Old Glory proudly waved from the town common as I drove by. A church is wounded, young men and women are far from home, the arrows of the market cast their downward shadows, but here in my little town sweet moments still abound. The sun shines on the clear blue waters of our pretty lake, a little boy's grin is far and wide as his bat meets the ball in magnificent triumph, and the tulips have made their glorious debut. The reports come in and another student has reached the end of his hope, leaders in far off places cannot make peace with old wounds, and travelers to distant shores say their unknown last goodbye, but somehow here in my little town sweet moments still abound. Here the news is good today, it's Happy 100th Birthday Etta Mae, the home team won another game and love is growing every day, just look in the paper at all the babies who have come our way. Though the future of the world is quite uncertain and the ebb and flow of life is sure to cause concern, take a minute and look around because sweet moments still abound, here and in every little town.

Laura H. Brophy, Wilmington, MA


It's hard to believe it's been a whole year since 9/11. I still think about those who lost their lives that day, especially a young woman named Lynn Goodchild and her boyfriend Shawn Nasseney, who were on united airlines flight 175. Both Lynn and Shawn are in my thoughts today as well as their families GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

Emily, Brighton


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