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What Do You Think?

September 26, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Wednesday on The Herald-Mail's Web site was: Does the expansion of terrorism warnings from transit systems to U.S. stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes make you more vigilant?

o "I will be more vigilant, but I will not live my life in fear."

o "Living in fear gets us nowhere. I do, however, have a stock of emergency supplies because anything can happen."

o "Vigilance is something I was taught before there were 'terror alerts' and before Sept 11. I was taught to be mindful of what's going on around me. To take note of people and to listen to my gut instincts when something just doesn't seem right. By the same token, I've ignored my gut when I shouldn't have. I am vigilant, yes, but I'm not paranoid. There is a difference."

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o "As individuals, we are powerless when it comes to a group of people wanting to hurt us. I do not live in fear of the unseen. It is what I see in people that causes my discernment. I choose to live and enjoy each day - and what happens, happens. If I live in fear and worry each day - just how much am I getting out living?"

o "Too much blame and too little done to fix anything. I think the media is also to blame for most of the paranoia. Right away, you hear about these people who have been arrested for suspected terrorism with few facts to back anything up. Like the people in North Carolina who were arrested - the only actual facts I got from the media were they went abroad for their religious preferences, and they have lots of guns and lots of ammunition. That could be anyone. There are thousands of people who own assault rifles and there are thousands of people who own ammunition. If this is all it takes to make the FBI suspicious, there must be a lot of people on their 'watch' list in the U.S."

o "My advice would be - don't depend on our government to protect us domestically regardless of which party is in office."

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