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What Do You Think?

September 16, 2007

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: To what extent should Americans recognize or observe each year the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks?

"There should be programs at the attack sites and there should be personal reflection in addition to prominent mention in newspapers, magazines and TV 'news' programs. You can 'let it go' if you want to, but I have no intention of ever 'letting it go,' whatever that is supposed to mean in this context."




"Keeping it as a national day of morning will help to maintain some of the unity in this country and keep us more alert, hopefully keeping us one step ahead of those who want to see our way of life replaced by a religion that will throw us back into the Dark Ages. There are those who don't care and those who do not believe they will strike again. It only takes one big success to hurt the economy and if we have the wrong leaders in place, it could result in a major recession. The economy affects us all and therefore, remembering 9/11 keeps some of us on our toes."

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"Mentioning a national day of mourning and personal reflection as separate choices seems kind of like having an 'obscene amount of money' and 'too much to contemplate' being in the same poll. We have several days built into our calendar year that are meant to be devoted to remembering people and events in history. People take the day off from work/school, some barbecue or swim - but there are people who do use that time to reflect upon the meaning of the day. 'Where were you on 9/11?' is still a common question. Commemorate the day with the reverence and decorum it deserves - regardless of HOW."




"Remember it any way you want, but enough of putting the entire day real-time on the news every year. And enough of the truth conspiracy movement. Every one of their theories have been rejected."




"I'm just sick and tired of hearing about it. It happened six years ago, time to let it go and get over it along with Pearl Harbor and all that baloney. I sure wish the media would get something to talk about other than Iraq, too."




"I don't think 9/11 should ever be forgotten, but it shouldn't be turned into a national holiday either. Why should we celebrate with a day off one of the worst single days in American history due to the number of lives lost? We should allow the families of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack a time to reflect at the sites."

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