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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 2:45 pm    Post subject: IT'S A MATTER OF RESPECT
From Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:00 am to Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:59 am (included)
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Much has transpired over the last six years both at Ground Zero and around the world.

Remains continue to be found at the site and young men and women continue to die in the Middle East.

There are arguments from all sides as to how things should have been done.

There continue to be arguments as to how things need to be done today.

The great thing about America is that we all have the right to our opinion and we live in a country that allows us to express it.

Unfortunately over the past few years opinions have more often been direct attacks against people and organizations.

To make matters worse opinions have often been put forward based on little or any facts.

The media has been one of the biggest proponents of this as they follow the premise that controversy sells and they would rather promote controversy instead of reporting the facts.

For the last month we tried without success to get our compromise 9/11 ceremony position out through the media.

With the exception of a few outlets the media refused to report the facts but continued to promote the “controversy theory” that the families wanted everything including full access to the Pit and they went as far as to say that the families were staging a protest of the 9/11 ceremony.

This is a problem that is much greater then 9/11.

It is a matter of respect or lack there of.

Society has lost its respect for respect.

Our position appeared never to get to mayor until our meeting last week despite numerous letters to his staff and even more press releases.

Was it that his staff and the media outlets didn’t get these reports or more likely that they did not respect our opinion.

Recently comments have been made that the 9/11 ceremony should not be about Ground Zero and that access to bedrock is not important because the victims did not die at bedrock but in their offices or the stairwells of the towers.

As I stated earlier people are entitled to their opinions but we also have to look at the facts.

Just this year 900 human remains have been recovered at the site. (Over 1600 if you include the Deutsche Bank building)

Over 20,000 remains were found in the pit and over 1,400 families have yet to have their loved ones identified.

These facts appear to support the fact that limited and safe access to the pit is indeed important to many family members and it was worth fighting for.

The feelings of these family members needed to be respected by the media, our elected officials and most of all by other family members.

The fact that it is not important to some does not give them the right not to respect the opinions of those who still feel that the bedrock at Ground Zero is “Sacred


The fact that we were able to get access was more about respecting the wishes of those who will get a moment of peace as they get to place a flower or say a prayer on the bedrock of Ground Zero.

Once again it’s a matter of respect.

We respected their wishes, we respected the process and by doing so we proved that government can work.

When the mayor finally saw our plan he also respected our position and now family members will be able to proceed down the ramp and respect the memories of their loved ones at the site they died.

I hope that when people look at what transpired over the last three weeks they will realize that it was really all about “Respect”

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