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What Do You Think?

August 20, 2006

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: Do you feel safe flying in the wake of published reports of a planned terrorist plot to blow up planes over the Atlantic?

As of Thursday at 5 p.m., 144 voters (36.3 percent) said they felt safe flying, while 95 voters (23.9 percent) said they did not feel safe and 66 voters (16.6 percent) said they always have been afraid to fly. Also, 92 voters (23.2 percent) said terrorism wouldn't stop them from flying.




"Yep, because it was a staged plot to boost Blair and Bush's ratings up. It is public that Bush and Blair knew about this plot beforehand so why didn't they ban items like toothpaste, lotion, etc. when they first knew about this weeks ago? Instead, they wait until the day the attack (is imminent) to ban these items, so they can say 'We stopped it, aren't you glad we're in power? because we know how to stop terrorists. Don't vote for the Democrats who are weak on terror, stay with us.'"

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"Actually, the governments knew about this scenario 10 or 11 years ago and did nothing because doing nothing wouldn't upset anyone as long as no explosions occurred. Something like the auto companies when they know the cars are fatally flawed - they do a cost/benefits analysis and if it would cost more to fix the cars than to pay for the lawsuits, they don't fix the cars. I would like to think that the governments did not completely forget about this scenario but I don't have that much confidence in the governments. Very few people are ever prepared for the worst and even fewer people care what their governments do. Times have changed."




"I have always been afraid to fly. My thing is if I have to leave land to get there I ain't going there."




"Trust in the Lord with all your might and lean not on your own understanding. All are human and make errors, God alone is perfect!"




"Almost 25 percent don't feel safe due to the planned terrorist plot to blow up planes over the Atlantic. Sad. Good work terrorists, you accomplished what you set out to do. Scaring the American public. But as you can see, most are not afraid of you."

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