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Letter to the Editor
Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Lessons forgotten

The cruelty that was 9/11 is relived year after year. It has been reported by several sources that Americans are forgetting about that horrendous day. How can they? It was a gut-wrenching day that will always be with me.

I shudder just writing this. Everyone knew someone who died. We witnessed it live on TV — the images I can't get out of mind. Upon hearing 9/11 recordings replayed on radio and TV, I cry. It takes me right back to where I was.

We haven't forgotten; we are just trying to cope. For what we lost, we gained a renewed sense of self-determination, courage in the face of adversity, and nationalism. In short, we stopped thinking about ourselves and started to really care for one another.

Today, we have been ripped apart from the inside out by politicians deliberately practicing predatory fearmongering to gain a political advantage. The lessons of 9/11 have been forgotten; that is what we are really seeing.

Raymond Schratz


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