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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:31 pm    Post subject: Letter in the Record
From Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:00 am to Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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The Record - August 31, 2008


Seven years later,

pain of 9/11 persists

We are only two weeks away from Sept. 11, 2008, and, unfortunately, for many it will be just another day.

We have already had a movie poking fun at the attacks, and more recently we had a game maker who thought it was a good idea to remake "Space Invaders" and use the World Trade Center as the target of the attacks.

Needless to say, we have come a long way from the "never forget" attitude that followed the attacks. We would not want it to become a political opportunity, but don't you find it odd that neither presidential candidate has mentioned what he will be doing on 9/11?

We have elected officials from other states telling us we need to get past the event and move on. And, of course, we will always have those who feel too much has already been done to support the victims of the attacks.

The question is why? Maybe it's the economy. Maybe it's that thousands of additional sons and daughters have died in a seemingly never-ending war. Or maybe it's that after seven years and billions of dollars spent, all we have is a huge hole in the ground at the site.

Whatever the reason, the fact is that there are those who wake up every day hoping that the whole thing was only a bad dream.

For those who have forgotten, close your eyes for a few moments. The complete darkness that you experience is what many family members have experienced every day since 2001.

That's because seven years later, the victims list grows as people die because they put their faith in Christie Whitman, who assured them that the quality of the air was fine at Ground Zero. The judicial system continues to deny any legitimate claim against deficient governmental performance or any action against foreign countries that have proven ties to funding the attacks.

Thousands of remains are still not identified. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to dismantle a building that still stands after taking two additional lives. But no money can be found to remove human remains from a landfill.

While complete closure will never come, addressing these issues would surely go a long way toward easing the pain.

Dennis McKeon

Staten Island, N.Y. Aug. 26
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