Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nine-Year Anniversary of 9/11. Where are We Now? (Post #8)

Nine years ago this Saturday, 19 terrorists hijacked four airlines in the US and crashed them in acts of violence. Two of the planes struck the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York, a third hit the Pentagon in Virginia and the fourth crashed into an open field in Pennsylvania after the passengers tried to take over the plane. About 3,000 people were killed that day.

What does the ninth anniversary of these attacks mean to you?

Are you comfortable with how the U.S. responded? Are we safer today? Did the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq pay off? Was the Patriot Act, a law that gives the government broad powers to watch over us, helpful in reducing terror?

Today, Americans are debating whether a Mosque should be built a few blocks from ground zero? Would that be a mistake? Why?

What is the appropriate way to honor the fallen and still respect the religious practices of fellow Americans? Where do we go from here? How should we do tribute to the fallen of 9/11, protect ourselves, and still respect the rights of fellow Americans and uphold the Constitution?

Please be respectful and civil in your responses. Provide links to your sources, when necessary.

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  2. Katie Frogue, Sloan P1September 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    9/11, in my opinion was a major wake up call for the world, it was horrible for familys and friends who lost loved ones, yet i believe the fallen soldiers should still be honored and contributed to with anniversaries of that day. I don't think we are any safer today, than we were back then, anything can happen at any given time, and the U.S just needs to be prepared for it.

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  3. 9/11 changed our world forver. We sat too comfortably at home not realizing what was really out there. A memorial should have been built by now to honor the fallen. I have no problem with the Patriot Act. Also I feel Bush did what he thought was right at the time to handle the situation. In hindsight we probably should have approached things different but you know what they say, hindsight is 20 20. The war in Afghanistan was the right response. The war in Iraq was just another problem that also needed to be taken care of. As far as the Mosque goes. This seems like a very ignorant and wrong thing to build in such a sensative area. I understand freedom of speech but sometimes people take it too far and abuse it. They know what they are doing. Even many Muslims feel this is wrong to do.

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  4. haha mr bauer beat me to it! xD im about to post momentarily.

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  5. the attacks happened when i was in 2nd grade or so, i vaguely remember them, but i do remember that everyone was sad and shocked beyond belief. from connections of "friend of a friend" i knew people who were in the building at the time of the twin tower crashes. i believe the U.S. did what was right at the time of the attacks, maintain our security, but after a while our mission changed and not for the right reasons. as to the mosque, our contry guarentee's freedom of religion, the building of the mosque isnt illegal, nor should it be, i just believe it's in poor tastes, like if the japanese tried to build a cultural center near pearl harbor, not illegal, just in poor taste. to honor he fallen, remember them and dont let them die in vain, carry on, and LIVE good lives. the best we can all do is hope to lead long, happy, accepting lives and live in harmony, it's a hard dream to accomplish but nothing worth having is easily gained.

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  6. sorry for the horrible spelling, forgot to spell check.

    p.s.

    Mr. Bauer's AP Gov P1
    -Bryan Jenks

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  7. 9/11 will always be looked at a day that will live in infamy, such as Pearl Harbor. Our security has tightened but that still does not stop an opposing force such as terrorists from doing whatever they can to hurt the U.S.. I believe the wars caused somewhat of stability in the governments of Iraq and Afghanistan, but other than that it did not solve anything. Just created conflict that hurt America economically. It was imminent at the time to pass the Patriot Act because we simply needed it. A mosque a few blocks away from where terrorist of that religion killed U.S. citizens?! I don't think that is the smartest idea in my opinion.

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  8. 9/11 was a horrible day for America. To be honest i don't think that we are safer now, just things have changed a little. We're more prepared. The Mosque near ground zero is a bit ridiculous to me. I mean, you wouldn't go and build a Japanese restuarant by Pearl Harbor. Or a German building next to Auschwitz. It's just something that shouldn't be done. They're saying the Mosque isn't just for Islamic people, but for a overall spot for safety and comfort. No thanks. Doesn't need to be there. Find another location.
    -Matt Nolen
    Sloan, p.1

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  9. I think that after the 9 years since the attack much changed in terms of homeland security, but there will always be an opposing threat to America. We as a nation must always be prepared so when that comes, if it comes, we're ready
    Fran
    bauer

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  10. I believe 9/11 will always be remembered. It something people far from now will be learning about in their history books. I don’t feel that the war has gotten us very far, but yet I don’t know much about the war. However I don’t think it is okay to build a Mosque so close to ground zero. I think its okay to build it but do it out of that area. To me, building it close to ground zero is like a slap in the face to americans. Do people actually care what happened to us? A Mosque shouldn’t be built there.

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  11. Yes 9/11 was a major tragedy but we should be happy that we lasted nine years without another attack. Many lives were lost but the awful truth is that there is nothing we can do to restore them. We just have to move on and live life knowing that they may be in a better place now. I'm not sure if it was such a great idea that we attacked Afghanistan and Iraq because it could of angered them more and cause them to attack back harder. Did those terrorists even come from those areas? To honor the fallen, speeches can be made about the good things they did and not mention their religion. I think we should just continue having a moment of silence like we do in school every year.
    I don't think it is completely fair to have the moment of silence for 9/11 if many people die daily from diseases, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. These may not seem like such a big deal because they are natural causes, but people are important and you can't replace any life lost. To me they deserve the same.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
    per. 1

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  13. Much has changed since the occurrence of the 9/11 attacks. As new laws have been placed, & an improvement in security has taken it's course. I personally believed that the US did what they thought was necessary. However, not knowing that this whole process would take so long, & consume so many lives was it's downside. The attacks were indeed a "wake-up call" sorta speak. Implying that we must be prepared for anything that is thrown at us. Because I believe that even though all these new laws were passed since then, our security as a whole can still be in jepordy. Nobody actually knows what the future may holds, & what dangers that linger, so all we can do is keep an eye out & hope for the best. Overall 9/11 will always be remembered as a day of infamous noriety. However those lives who were lost in the process of such an ugly event, will forever be in our hearts.

    Sloan P/2
    AP Econ

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  14. Enrique Angulo
    Bauer
    Econ
    7 Sep 2010

    The first thing that comes to mind when we remember that terrible attack is TRAGEDY. Not only do we have a higher security level at airports, we also are protected a bit now due to the fact that precautions can always be made to try and prevent these type of surprises. As for the mosque i believe that it's a SCANDALOUS idea, and it wouldn't be a mistake but it just doesn't belong there at all.

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  15. I think 9/11 shaped America in a way where we could focus on security and racial tensions. I'm not saying it was a positive whatsoever, it took many lives and made Americans a lot more critical to their neighboring races. I believe it may have made America stronger, but in a way we wish didn't happen.

    Daniel Ruiz
    Sloan
    Per. 5

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  16. 9/11 was an event where a lot of innocent people died tragically because the hijakers were trying to prove a point in a terrible way.if the U.s responded to this attack by sending soldiers and invading afghanistan, then no i do not believe it did the right thing because many more people suffered and died there which we saw on news a lot. and i dont think building a mosque near the world trde center should be a problem to anyone because thats just another place where people can practice their religion.
    Bauer P.3
    cristina Bernal

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  17. 9/11 will always be a powerful and disturbing day that historians will talk about decades from now. it forever changed americas perspective on terrorism and also swayed racial tensions in this country. i have no problem with a mosque being built by Ground Zero but i am concerned that this will set off an uproar, and violence is surely to follow.

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  18. The 9/11 attack should always be remember because it was a major inpact in our country. since than we have master better our defence system and the safety of our country.We should not interfier in people beliefs because we have the right of freedom of religion. The war in iraq so far it wasnt worth it, but hopefully we thought them a lesson.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr.Bauer
    Per.2

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  19. Josh McNearney P.3 BauerSeptember 7, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    the terrorist attack on 9/11 was a terrible thing. I believe that Bush's response to the attacks were never a good idea due to the fact that Muslims were not responsible for the attacks and out of the hijackers very few or none were even from Iraq. And the whole mosque situation is also ridiculous. the mosque is going to be built a few blocks away from ground 0. it's not like the Muslim temple is going to be built right on top or across the street from it. the american people are over reacting about the whole thing and the land is owned by the Muslim people so they have the right to build their mosque.

    PEACE!

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  20. The attacks of 9/11 was a devastating day, however threw another peep hole it was a religious achievement. I believe the followers of the religious attack were brain washed into believing it would better their lives. Many believe the group consisted of multiple members but it was a selected few. 9/11 has enforced security everywhere and was the last awakening that began a war that has put America in a deficit.

    Gabby Cello
    p.3
    Mr.Sloan

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  21. The attacks of 9/11 were tragic, yet we have learned from this and have worked to make our nation stronger. This country is known for freedom, such as religious liberation, and i believe that a Mosque is a respectful monument to build near ground zero.

    Guadalupe Velazquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  22. Everyone knows about the horrible tragedy that took place on 9/11. Everyone can recall the day when Americans finally realized that their safety and comfortability was no longer garenteed. In the mist of the heat and anger, the government acted too hastly. Many problems today could have been entirely avoided. However, the past is no longer for us to alter. The future holds decisions to be made and in this strongly emotionally case, many will voice their opinions.
    Natalie Nunez
    bauer
    p1

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  23. Mr. Sloan
    Period 4
    9/11 was as many have already said a tragedy. every year around this time i spend at least an hour remembering that many fell on that fatefull day. And i remember that there were many family members who watched their family that they knew worked there die as the towers fell. tragedy struck that day. The people on the fourth plan knew that they had to do something by that time they already knew something was wrong they knew they had to do something otherwise more people would die they sacrificed themselves for this country they save alot of people. do we really know where that plan was heading?? I believe that we did do what we needed to do at the time but than it turned into something else. I was relieved to see that the airport security was bumped up. I just hope that this never happens again. And as for the mosque being built there granted its freedom of religion i only have two qestions for you to ponder: What would they do if we built a church in their country?? And if we had ever flown planes into any of their buildings and than built a church close to the crash site how do you think they would react??

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  24. 9/11 is something that we'll always remember just like the day of pearl harbor. it's something we'll tell our own kids and our grandkids about. i do not think that the mosque is a good idea. it isn't illegal but to me it says that we don't want to honor all of the people who died in 9/11. on the other hand most muslims don't think to the extreme that they need to kill to do what's best for their god. this tragedy had made america stronger and buck up, just in a way that we hope never to experience again.
    Katey Santillan
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  25. Brian Magina, Sloan P.3September 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    9/11 was a wake up call not only to the United States, but to the whole world. It forced our country to come together as one and help eachother out. Although thousands of people had their lives taken from them, I believe 9/11 was good for our country overall. It brought people together that would have never thought needed help. To this day people are saddened by the thought of september 11th, but if we look at what we've grown into we should all be happy.

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  26. I think that the attack made america stronger and more cautious. I think that america did deal with the situation good. Tori Milligan per.3 sloan

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  27. Maria Schmidt, Mr. Bauer, Per 5September 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    September 11 was a tragic day that will be remembered for many years to come. So many innocent lives were lost. Not only were lives lost, but also all Americans lost their sense of comfort and safety on that day. I have mixed opinions on if we are safer now than back then. There is always the possibility that anoter attack could occur someday. However, things like enhanced airport security makes me feel safer. On each anniversary it's nice to remember and honor everyone that lost their lives and also the people that were doing their best to protect us. Americans should honor those people, and also realize that now, we are a stronger and more prepared country.

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  28. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 happened when I was in third grade, I was not aware of the actual events on that day. Today I have a better understanding of why that day made such an impact on the United States. It still is scary for me to look back on, even though it has been close to a decade ago. Although I think the United States is more prepared and aware now, a voice in the back of my head still worries of another attack on another part of our country. I believe that the United States handled itself well after the bombing and plane attacks. The choice to go to war was on the bases of the right to protect our citizens and our country. Since 9/11, I think the United States has changed for the better.

    Devin Smith, P. 1, Mr. Bauer

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  29. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr.Bauer, Period 2September 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    September 11th. I was eight years old and getting ready for school. I remember turning on the TV and seeing all the devastation, but I had no idea what was to come. Over the years I never really knew how much the 9/11 attacks had effected the United States, or the entire world for that matter. 9/11 will be remembered for the lives lost, the brave men and women in law enforcement, ect, and the loving hearts of the rest of America. I believe that in times of crisis, people come together and express their courage and sympathy. While some plot revenge, others think of less violent ways to solve issues. As far as war, I think more people wanted it in the beginning, but after a while it didn't seem worth it.

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  30. Nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1September 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    To be completely honest since September 11th 2001 and even today I am still indifferent about the events that occurred that day. I have absolutely no feelings whatsoever from a patriotic point of view as I am not patriotic. However, I do have sympathy for the families that lost loved ones that day. Although it is very controversial, I fully support the building of the Mosque. I believe in religious freedom, and equality and do not feel we have any right to impinge on anyones constitutional rights regardless of the situation.

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  31. September 11th was a terrible day that unified Americans and provided a wake up call to us all. I believe that the strong response by the government was exactly what should have been done in order to keep more attacks like this from threatening our society. The reaction by the United States to actively increase homeland security as well as seek out and wage war on terrorists as soon as possible showed that we are not a nation that is to be trifled with. Nine years after, I think the nation has regressed to its divided state. Everyone is disillusioned with the war that has gone on for far too long and issues like the troubled economy and healthcare have reduced us to petty bickering. I believe that building a mosque near Ground Zero is a good way for the Muslims of our country to showcase that the September 11th attacks were not representative of the Muslim religion, but of crazed radicals. However, I can also understand how many people see this as a slap in the face to the tragedy we experienced on that day. Building a mosque next to the fallen buildings Islamic radicals razed in an attempt to "cleanse" our country might seem like a victory for those very radicals in their quest to conquer the world for "Allah".

    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    Per 2

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  32. The 9/11 situation was very sad. ALot of people have suffered from it, I understand that. But the Mosque! I think the Mosque should be built! The Muslims own that land! so the mosque should be built there! It Could create more jobs and it could bring peace! It's not only for Muslims but every other culture can go there!

    SANia BaCha
    Bauer PerIod 3rD!

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  34. 9/11 was a very tragic day. Many people lost their loved ones. With the whole Mosque situation, i believe muslims have the right to build the Mosque there, i dont know why so many people are overreacting about it, when muslims didnt have anything to do with 9/11. & The land is the muslims so they should be able to build the Mosque there!!

    BAUER, Period 3

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  35. Lucero Cardiel. Mr. Bauer 3rd periodSeptember 8, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    September 11th occurred when I was only in the third grade and at that time, I had no idea why there was so much of a ruckus about it. Now that I am older and understand the situation, I think it was one of the worst events that has happened in the 21st century. Many families lost loved ones and the trade center was a huge pride to Americans. Why do they have to build a Mosque so close to the trade center? I understand religious freedom but we should also respect about the feeling of those who lost loved ones. What is the trouble with moving the Mosque just a bit farther? Why ignite such a controversy? Those who want to build the Mosque should know that Americans are still sensitive about the situation.

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  36. Emily Geiszler, Bauer, Period 4September 8, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    I can still remember September 11, 2001 very clearly. It was a Tuesday and my mom woke me at 6:30 like she always did. I went to turn on my cartoons after she was done watching the news just like every other morning. This morning was different, she wouldn't let me change the channel; I watched as a plane smacked into the second tower that morning and I thought it was a movie. My mother started crying and I knew we had just witnessed something awful. The Mosque that they want to build near ground zero has been very controversial. I believe that they should be able to put it there; by not letting them do so, we are stereotyping an entire religion. Just because a handful of people of a certain religion are terrible human beings does not mean that everyone who follows that religion is. There are bad people everywhere. If you want to do that to the Islamic faith then you should feel the same way about Christians. Timothy McVeigh was a Christian and believed that he was defending the Constitution by bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. (www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/mcveigh/dawning_1.html) Just because some people do something horrible doesn't mean that everyone of that religion, race or nationality is going to be a bad person as well.

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  37. I think 9/11 was an event where a lot of innocent people died tragically.I think that the attack made America stronger and more cautious. Today I have a better understanding of why that day made such an impact on the United States.Americans should honor those people, and also realize that now we are a more prepared country.
    Stephanie A
    Mr.Sloan
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  38. well what would you do if you were in a class in front of a bunch of kids reading a story and one of your buddies in black come and tell you that the twin towers have been hit? There's mot much Bush could do, and everytime we go to war it's because someone else decides to be a jerk or we try to help someone else out. We don't go around hijacking planes and flinging them into civilian-filled buildings either!!
    And whats with the mosque?! isn't it odd they happen to want to put it right next to ground zero?? I think thats a slap in the face, thats like them saying "this our land, we'll do what we want......you stupid americans" Not cool >:/

    per 2
    Bauer

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  39. The occuring of 9/11 was definetly a rememberable tradegy that had an impact to the U.S and the people around the world whom may of had loved ones that they lost to this incident. I believe that the way that the United States chose to respond to this matter was no good and the outcome was ineffective. And by now we should have some sort or memorial to honor the people that died that day. As of today I hope that our country is prepared for any sudden incident that may occur.

    Christina Luna
    A.Bauer
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  40. 9/11 was a tragic day for Americans. Many innocent citizens died in the attacks that day, and others died in service to the country in the ensuing war. To me, that day nine years ago was the day I learned that people were capable of terrible things, a fact that a third-grade mind was not apt to understand. It was my first brush with fear: fear of other nations, fear of safety, and fear of war. Unfortunately, no place in the world is completely safe from the threat of radicals who wish harm upon others. Our only power lies in our response, and our particular response was not entirely appropriate. The war did not pay off; we haven't eradicated the threat of terrorism, perhaps we made it even more of a danger by alienating more extremist groups. The Patriot Act did not make the country safer, but it gave the government an excuse to monitor people under the thin veil of the suspicion of terror. No tragedy should give the government the excuse to infringe upon the rights expressed in the US Bill of Rights.
    Now, a mosque is proposed to be built near the site of the tragedy, which a great deal of people oppose. According to the poll conducted by the Washington Post, published in this article, (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/08/AR2010090806231.html?hpid=topnews) "eighty-two percent of those who oppose the construction say it's because of the location, although 14 percent (9 percent of all Americans) say they would oppose such building anywhere in the country." Yes, the mosque built near the site of the tragedy seems a smidge inconsiderate, but to prohibit its construction would infringe upon American rights. The entire Muslim population did not plan and execute the attacks; only a small, extreme sect conducted the 9/11 tragedy. Time Magazine brings up a poignant point: "The arguments marshaled by Islam's detractors have become familiar: Since most terrorist attacks are conducted by Muslims and in the name of their faith, Islam must be a violent creed" (http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2011798-3,00.html). Many Americans have the misconception that Islam is a violent religion, and that the Koran is choc-full of calls-to-arms against 'infidels.' However, those passages are misconstrued and taken out of context, something that can be said about the Christian Bible as well. To not allow the mosque to be built, America is condoning discrimination closed-minded thought. Many Muslims feel proud to call America their home; let's not take away that sense of freedom for fear of upsetting the families of the victims of a small, violent, unstable group of people who just happened to be Muslims.

    --Emily Dirksen
    Bauer
    AP GOV
    8 September 2010

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  41. September 11 was a rude rude awakening for America. It shattered everyone's sense of security they felt in this nation.
    The ninth anniversary of this attack means a lot to me. It shows how far our nation has come in recovery.
    Personally, I don't think the war has solved anything except for the United States went in and tried to gain control of another country.

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  43. I think the people should be honored by a memorial service, nothing to fancy just a simple time out of the day to remember what happened that day.

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  44. I remember the 9/11 attacks really clearly. I remember watching Good Day Sacramento, and seeing planes crash into buildings in New York. I recall seeing people jumping out of buildings, and thinking "Oh my God, they're going to die!". I remember being extremely scared that whoever was killing all of these people, were going to bomb our school too. Whenever I think of that day, I think devistation and tragedy. I believe that the new policies that were inacted after this incident, were there to make us FEEL safe, instead of actually keeping us out of harms way. How can I believe that I'll be safe on my flight, when people with bombs got past security? I'm sure Bush meant well, but nothing changed except the lines at airports being extremely slow.

    I strongly believe that the Mosque that is set to be built a few blocks from ground zero, should be able to open. Very few, if ANY, of the attackers were Muslim, so why should we pass judgement on an entire religion because some very sick and cruel people decided that they wanted to kill thousands of human beings, and devistate a nation? They shouldn't. The Muslims that will be attending the services at this Mosque are just as American as anyone with a religious background in Christianity, or Catholisism, and mourn the deaths of those who died as much as the next person.

    peace(:

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  45. Well, in terms of there effect on me, they really have had none. Most of the effects have been political and for “grown-ups”. I’m not really in an age demographic to be effected, other than the fact that I know have a perfuse dislike of terrorists. But is that really irrational?
    Unfortunately, no, I do not feel any safer now than I did in 2000, simply because they continue to make threats all across the globe, and often follow through with them. I’m not a scaredy cat, nor am I attempting to make others feel unsafe, but you should always be cautious I suppose. And no, the war did not pay off. But it is we as a people that started it to begin with. We are vindictive, and simply wanted revenge. Therefore, we lost a couple thousand people, and we wanted tot eliminate a whole country. We waved our flags with pride until people started dying, and it got us nowhere. I’m serious. No where. I mean for Christ sake the price of oil has gone up. You figured we would have pillaged some of the stuff.
    The patriot act was installed without looking at the long term effect. Which will more likely than not…suck.
    No, the last place we need to build a mosque is at ground zero. I mean, honestly. If we do that, than some American, somewhere, will more than likely burn it down. It is not intelligent to built a memorial to (not those who caused it, but those who practice the same religion of those who are more or less responsible) right near the sight which they destroyed. It would be the equivalent of building a gas station right next to a gun store, something (something even being people) is going to blow up. Emotionally or physically. We can respect those who live in American by letting them actually practice there religion…anywhere but Ground Zero.
    Tribute will be done by those who knew and loved all the Americans who died that day. And how do we uphold Constitutional rights? I suppose if we need to, we send it to Federal Court. I don’t know anyone who has done a better job of upholding our constitution than them.

    Bauer Period 4

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  46. Sorry for the minor grammatical mistakes. I would correct them, but no one else seems to.

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  47. I think the 9/11 attacks will always be remembered. Our react to the attacks was really wrong and didnt help us much. The people of the 9/11 should be honored a memorial.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr.Bauer
    Period 2

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  48. As far as the response of the U.S. to the 9/11 attacks, I feel that it did not lead to wars that paid off. The fact that some people caused tragedy in 2001 should not decrease other people's first amendment rights in terms of religion because they were not the ones to do anything wrong. It's hard to say if we are safer, but it is true that we have not been attacked since.

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  49. I apologize if anything I posted in my original blog offended anyone. I mean no disrespect to our military or those who lost there lives in the 9/11 attacks. That was not my intention at all.

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  50. Safety wise, i believe americans do feel much safer now since 9/11 because the national security has stepped up and made it a lot more difficult for it to happen again. Also it has just been so long that people began to lose the fear of 9/11. I do not believe the US should have responded they way they did, but it was still apparent that something had to be done and even thou i do not believe what we did was entirely right, it did get the job done and is slowly continuing to do so as time goes by.

    Michael Robles
    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

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  51. 9/11 was very dramatic and has been effecting people ever since. There should've been a memorial built many years ago. its hard to believe that 9 years have passed already. on the other hand i strongly disagree about how long we were at war in iraq. because trillions of dollars have been spent and our economy has plundered because of it. however, the Mosque i believe should NOT be built. i believe its very disrespectful towards the american people. It may sound racist or whatever but i could care.

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  52. 9/11 in my opinion will always be remembered. this was a day that nobody will forget. it shocked the whole word and it was a wake up call for us. today i think that it is a bad memory to all Americans.

    Chris Long, Mr. Bauer, P.3

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  53. Michael Robles.... typo its per. 3^^^^

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  55. i dont think the war was worth it, i mean, its just like we sent out troops to just get blown up by a bunch of crazy people in afghan but then 9/11, i dont know what it means to me because i was in mexico at the time i was living there but, now, i think it was a hate crime against the U.S and a bad way to say it to the U.S by killing more than 3,000 citizens

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  56. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5September 8, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    9/11 will never be forgotten. It was a shame that everything happened the way it did. Many lives were lost and families were torn apart. Although i was very young when it happened i still knew how it affected our country. I think 9/11 opened the US's eyes in terrorism. To recognize the people lost on 9/11, I believe everyone that wants to, should make a toast or some kind of praise for them. I don't think they should build a mosque by ground zero though because it would just cause more controversy. It may even lead to violence which i don't think we need.

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  57. kayla rodriguez sloan period 5September 8, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    i think that 9/11, like many have said, is an extreme wake up call. it was a terrible tragedy but is now keeping us on our toes. i believe that our security today is way stronger that it ever was. our soldiers and those who either died or helped with the attacks should be honored everyday. they are not forgotten.

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  58. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1September 8, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    I think 09/11 will always be remembered as a day that changed the United States forever. We responded the right way; we fought back. I'm not sure that we're safer, yet. I think we could be in the future if we continued to fight the fight and won it someday, but as of now, we'll never know how that ended now. Who knows, maybe I'll be proved wrong. I hope so! The country should be safer! I just feel like if we pull out of the combat part of the war in the Middle East right now, our job is not done there. It seems like a half...youknow what job has been done, simply because it's not finished yet! The Patriot Act was a necessary and smart move on government's part. I'd be a little skeptical if my country got attacked too. I think it was the right thing to do, and they were completely justified to instill that in government's abilities. The Mosque...really? -__- Does it need to be RIGHT there? Let's put a nice memorial to those who fought/are fighting to protect out country. Hey, how about a compromise? Put a memorial inside the Mosque! That could be do-able. :) I really don't think that's the right place for a Mosque though. It doesn't have anything to do with discrimination because of who generally goes to those, but because something SO unbelieveably significant and important happened right there, as well. I've seen Ground Zero first hand. It was beyond depressing. People are still so hurt by 09/11, and rightfully so, but I think putting a Mosque so close could mix up their emotions even more, possibly ending up in, well, a riot. The building would probably get burned down real quick. People are pissed about it. Those emotions mixed with the fact that not everyone is as fair with their opinions on people, they could see the people going in and out of the Mosque and a riot could break out! It could end up very, very badly.

    Today, Americans are debating whether a Mosque should be built a few blocks from ground zero? Would that be a mistake? Why?

    What is the appropriate way to honor the fallen and still respect the religious practices of fellow Americans? Where do we go from here? How should we do tribute to the fallen of 9/11, protect ourselves, and still respect the rights of fellow Americans and uphold the Constitution?

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  59. My father is Colonel in the US Army and I am also an enlisted Soldier in the US Army.

    As we come upon the 9th year tribute to a day that changed this nation and the lives of every American citizen,I remember the tears, the fear and the horror of that day. Now only 9 years later, it feel to me like America has completely forgotten that day, and that to me, is sad and hurtful. I do feel that a memorial day and memorial site should be established to not only remember the victims of the attacks, but the responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and save the lives of others. I believe what is being built right now, (http://www.national911memorial.org) is absolutely incredible.

    Personally, I feel that the US acted in our best interest in the way we moved after the attacks. Our nations security was our number one priority, as it still is. Yes, no war or conflict is perfect, and neither is any individual. But how was the US Government supposed to react when over 3000 American died in one single day? Were we supposed to sit at fancy desks and twiddle our thumbs or step up and take serious actions against those who tried to destroy this country and its people?

    19 Muslim hijackers killed more innocents in two hours on September 11th than the number of American criminals executed in the last 65 years. I found an article written in Nov of 2007 that describes 19 terrorist attacks that have been stopped since 2001. There is also more that have been silenced since 2007 as well. "U.S. agencies are actively combating individuals and groups that are intent on killing Americans and plotting mayhem to foster violent extremist political and religious agendas." All but one of these 19 plots have involved radical extremists of the Muslim religion and those who have ties to either Al-Qaeda or the Taliban. There is no way of counting the number of innocent American lives have been saved since these plots were discovered and shut down. To me, saving the lives of Americans is more important than the money or oil. The United States is fighting the War on Terrorism, not he country of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    -(http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/11/us-thwarts-19-terrorist-attacks-against-america-since-9-11)

    It truly disgusts me the way this country handled "leaving Iraq" on Aug 31st. If you look back at WW1 or WW2, victory was a celebration, and now, after almost 5000 men and women gave their lives, it seems like nothing. People don't care, they just shrug their shoulder and say "that was a waste", and continue their lives they take for granted. It hurts me personally because I know someone who volunteered for 4 tours to Iraq and was killed on 23 Jan 2007. It just seems like people just don't care and have lost the values and morals of true Americans. People seem to only look at the bad, and not the good. People should look at the way Iraq was before we entered in 2003. The phrase "human rights" was non-existent. Women were treated like dogs. We are trying to rebuild a country and to rid it of evil so that others dont have to live in fear and can appreciate the word 'freedom'. Below is a link to the top 10 accomplishments of the US in Iraq and also a link to some of the examples of "human rights" under Saddam Hussein rule.
    -http://ravingconservative.blogspot.com/2005/12/top-ten-us-accomplishments-in-iraq.html

    -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Saddam_Hussein's_Iraq

    To me, the idea of putting a mosque or a community center 2 blocks away from Ground Zero is absolutely disgusting. I completely understand the other sides of view of allowing it because of the First Amendment, but, it is so disrespectful to the fallen. That is sacred ground. Over 60% of Americans oppose the building, and I am one of them.

    Would you support a Mosque whose radicals believe in this?

    -http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/
    -http://www.islamfortoday.com/US_flag_burning_2.jpg


    Mark Combs
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  61. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1September 8, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    ^^ Wooooops. Ignore the questions at the bottom. Those were just there so I don't scroll up so much and I forgot to erase them. :)

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  62. I thinkit is pretty jacked that a Mosque might be built by ground zero. It is a tough situation to uphold the consitution and respect the ones fallen because of the the war and 9/11. I think the govt we have no choice, but to let the mosque be built, then people will be furious and much drama will occur.In regards to the 9th anniverssay of 9/11 I greatly respect those who lost their lives and to their family members. The Galt high Football team will play incrdibaly hard in membrance of 9/11. We will hope to come out with a victory inhonor of this day. I also want to thank the men and women who work hard every day to protect our country, no matter if the govt is wrong or not for being overseas.

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  63. 9/11 was a very bad moment in U.S. history and to this day it still effects many Americans. I believe that our country got a wake up call when the attacks happened and it taught us to be cautious. The war was pointless in my opionin. Thousands of lives were lost and now we can't get them back.
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  64. I think that 9/11 made America change. After the attack security was more strict and cautious of possible threats. I also think that many Americans became more racism towards Muslims because of the terrorist attack.
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  65. Emily Staab, Bauer Per. 2September 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    I think that no matter what happens, 9/11 will be remembered for a very long time. It changed our nation so much. I don't think the way we handled it was the smartest way. I think we could have done it without losing as many lives as we did. As far as a memorial goes,there should have been one built already. So many people sacrificed their lives for their country, the least we could do is put up a memorial to honors them and their families.

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  66. Asher Maroot- SloanSeptember 9, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    September 11 with always be a sad day in peoples minds as long as it is never forgotten. If people continue to remember this tragic event, then people in the future will know what has happened and how everyone felt. Having a mosque near the site of the twin towers will not make very many people happy. People today are already upset by the thought of having a mosque near ground zero after people of that religion caused such devastation in the US. It would make things a lot better if they chose not to put a mosque so close to the twin towers.

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  67. 9/11 is a day that will forever be remembered by Americans. As for our course of action since then, I truely believe America handled it best it could. And for possible future attacks, I'm not convinced that we are well prepared for what could happen, but then again, I'm not sure how we would prepare ourselves for something like that.

    Kimberly Smith
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  68. Since 9/11 happened when I was really young, I never have fully understood it. No one that I know was killed or hurt so I have the mindset that it doesn’t affect me. I always think that people are so sensitive about the topic and should accept it and move on. But then I think, it didn’t happen to me, I should be more understanding. When I think of 9/11 it doesn’t bother me. In fact in a strange way I think that it’s what the U.S. needed. I’m not saying that the U.S. needed to have all those people killed, but we needed a wakeup call. To me, the U.S. is like that teenager that has the mind set of “oh nothing bad will ever happen to me. I’ll drink and drive and won’t kill anyone.” The U.S. has the mind set of “We are the most powerful nation and no one can beat us nor will anyone ever try.” We need to stop being so arrogant. It gets us into trouble we do not need. We’re always getting into other “peoples” business. We need to stop being the world police. There are so many double standards with us, for example with nuclear weapons. We can have them, but no one else can. Controlling much? If I was another country, I’d be scared. It’s like we can’t understand what any other country is going through. I highly dislike how we reacted as well. I do understand that there was a problem and it needed to be fixed, but we didn’t need to stay there for that long! We’re over there killing people, not an army. I just don’t believe the answer to solving violence is more violence. What is it teaching people? But on the topic of the mosque...it sickens me, to hear that one group of people are being singled out because of what they believe. No. That is not right at all. It’s racism. Plain and simple. Uhm, 1st amendment please, freedom of speech/religion. It is a stereotype is what it is and it’s not right! Just because “we” the United States, does not understand a group of people or they aren't like us, does NOT give us the right to take away THEIR rights. Because...isn’t this the land of the free?

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  69. MIRIAM BEJINES,, MR.SLOAN P.5September 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    9/11 was a big impact to many families..it is sad how this tragedy opened many people eyes about terrorist and how it can affect us.In my opinion The U.S didnt have a good protective system it had to occur this tragedy as a wake up call, to take more responsability in our security and be safety.

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  70. I think 9/11 was a tragedy, and the US responded the way the nation felt was nessesary at the time, and i think the Patriot Act helped people feel safer, and i think it did help reduce terrorism. I don't think a Mosque should be bulit a few blocks from ground zero because the radicals of the religion caused the tragedy. But i do understand why if it was built it could help Americans understand it's not the religion that caused 9/11, but the radicals. Bauer/Sloan

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  71. 9/11 was one of the worst tradgedies in American history, and as such we Americans become very sensitive to the subject and everything that relates to it. Which, unfortunately, is Moslem religion. So while every Muslim American citizen has every right to practice their religion, other non-Mulism Americans can see it as a threat to the respect Ground Zero deserves. So there cannot really be a right answer to this question, either way we can be offending someone. My thought is that while Ground Zero does have room to build that does not mean the Mosque needs to be built at that very spot. To not offencd any person at all we could very easily build the Mosque close to the site for easier access for the Muslim community without disrespecting anyone else.
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  72. i think that the mosque is a good idea. However, I believe it shouldn't be given a designated title. it should be a place to remember the people who were killed and a place whee it is possible to pray if you so wished to do so.
    We are no safer than we were before 9/11. All the U.S. has done is go to war; which quite possibly made the situation worse and tensions rise.
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  73. Alexis Watson p 3 BauerSeptember 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    As a child of a military member I was affected by my dad being deployed to Iraq in 2003. Luckily, he came back safe and just a little beaten up. The security of my house and America as a whole has become more technologicaly advanced. If you have gone through airport security you know exactly what I mean. My personal opinion is a mosque on Ground Zero would be offensive not only to me, but my father and soldiers like him. Many people have died to protect our fredom and the mosque would mean that they died in vain. Though the Muslims may not be the direct issue with the 9/11 attack, the symbolism of the mosque and the Iraqi culture it connontates is basically disrepecting and discrediting the innocent victims, the firemen and women, the policemen and women, and all the troops that have died due to the 9/11 attack.

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  74. Tori Tamura p.1 sloanSeptember 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    I believe that it the way the US is taking care of us is a lot safer because really really strict... like my chad had really long shaggy hair and a beard and they took him to the side and asked if he was a terrorist hahahahah. it's really sad how all those people died but it makes us more aware that we need to be more alert. we definitely need to respect those people who died and had to suffer. i don't even know anything about the war but i guess its paying off cause we took out those afghans!

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  75. I don't think the U.S. is that much safer today after the September 11 attacks. Yeah I guess our airports are more strict and the government is more prepared if another attack happens, but I'm sure there are terriosts living in the United States right now. I saw a picture of Britney Spears passing through airport security with a Big Gulp full of 'ice chips' in her hands and the paparazzi captured it all. Apparently, those ice chips were never x-rayed anyway. What if there was something dangerous in that Big Gulp cup? You never know!

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  76. 9/11 was a horrible tragedy, and it will always be remembered. I believe that during the time of the attack we reacted as best as we could and did what we could do. I'm not sure if it was the best thing, but at least we did something about it. Building a mosque maybe would be a good idea, or maybe not, who knows. But for future attacks, who knows if they will happen and how we can prepare for that.

    Melissa Quezada
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  77. 9/11 was a huge event that took a gigantic toll on the U.S. I believe that people should be able to build a mosque around the 9/11 memorial. You cannot blame all people for one or a few people's mistakes. They have a right to worship, not all people agree with what their people did on that horrible day, so dont blame everybody.

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  78. I think that we should honor all the people that died that and we should honor the family and friends that lost people im the 911 attack.I do think we are a little safer today, but you never no what could happen so always expect the unexpected, because something can happen in a blink of an eye. To me the annverisey of 911 is that we al should think about what we have and never take are family and friends for graunted because we never know when we are going to lose them or when they are going to lose us.
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  79. Alyssa Cuevas
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    9/11 was a tragic event that occured in the past, that will forever have a factor on our security system, it was also tragic to loose soo many lives on that day, all in all 9/11 was sad

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  80. The anniversary of the 9/11 attacks doesn't really mean anything to me. It's just another event in history that decided to happen. Yeah, it was bad, but we're not gonna move on as a society if we keep moping around mourning the dead. And no, I really don't think we are any more safe than before the attacks. The Patriot Act, or essentially, the Big Brother program, really didn't do much and it violates our rights to privacy. And as the mosque goes, they have every right to build it, since our country grants freedom of religion.

    Brian S.
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  81. I think that America is safer now than it was from 9/11. I don't think that it is a good idea to put the mosque near the sight of 9/11. Kayla Sweet Sloan per 1

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  82. 9/11 was a very tragic and depressing day. Nine years later it is still a day of tragedy that will always be remembered. I think the U.S. responded in the only way they knew how, however I think the war went on longer than it should have. I think the U.S. has shown that they are willing to defend their country if they have to. Americans have a right to freedom of religion and they should be allowed to build the Mosque. Should it be in a location that makes others more comfortable? Yes, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to build it. They best way to honor that day is to honor them with remembrance.

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  83. Joeylee Maimone Sloan 4
    I think after 9/11 there has been many things to benefit America in a good way but it has also caused a lot of issues as well. Racial tensions are crazy and we've been at war for freakin ever! At first no one even knew the real reason to why we were over there fighting and I find that so stupid. And that whole building that mosque thing near the sight seems very disrespectful to all the innocent people that died because of the attack, sooo that is a heck no answer to that being built there.

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  84. no going into a war with iraq didnt help we are wasting money! its pretty stupid how we responed and still people of race and gender are dying for a stupid response. families are hurt!
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  85. Omar Delgado sloan period 4September 9, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    I think 9/11 affected everyone in some way. every one was scared after that attack. but this isnt the first time something like this has happend. like in 1968, when the U.S. went to war with vietnam, the attack on the american embassy shocked americans from all over. this attack made many americans rethink their strength and realize that they wernt invincible. the 9/11 incident was a slight repeat of this tragic happening. and to answer if were are safe or not, i dont beleive we are. the tet offensive was more than 30 years apart from the attack on 9/11. compared to the tet offensive, 9/11 was a more drastic attack on the U.S. now, 9 years later, can your honestly think are completely safe. history repeats itself so were just waiting for another attack to happen. so as americans we should honor the lives lost on 9/11 and learn from this incident to better prepare ourselves in the future.

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  86. The ninth year anniversary of 9/11 doesn't mean much to me really, but I do remember the day it happened..I suppose it was like the day Kennedy got shot. The US appears to be safer now, but I don't really know for a fact. I believe the appropriate way to mourn the casualties of that day is however the mourner sees fit, as long as they aren't committing acts of violence on someone. I honestly couldn't care less about a Mosque being built, that's for the religious people to bicker about endlessly.
    Kevin Langan
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  87. Kayla O'Hara sloan p. 5September 9, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    after 9/11 america has changed alot. as in racism and that the security is more cautious at the airport of who gets on and what they have, sometimes alittle to cautious. and to build that mosque to me would b very disrespectful to all the people i dont think it would be a very good idea.

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  88. Chelsea Ray Mr.Sloan p1September 9, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    The attack of the World Trade Centers on 9/11 has forever changed this country. That feeling of being safe was taken away and was never returned in quite the same way. I believe that building a Mosque so close to the site would be in my opinion disrespectful to the families that lose loved ones.

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  89. 9/11 was a terrible day in american history and will be remembered forever. however, it showed how unprepared we were for attacks and shaped up our security. we are more safe now than we were back then.

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  90. 9/11, was a major wake up call for the world, it was horrible for families and friends who lost there loved ones on that day, and from that we went to war, even thought the war is almost over the fallen soldiers should still be honored and contributed with the anniversaries of that day. Anything can happen now anytime and any were. its been nine year and we are ending the war what will that leave us? we should still keep fighting so something like this never happens again.

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  91. the attack on the world trade center certainly raised awareness about how vulnerable we can be, at least. we are now more prepared, and should thus be less afraid.
    as far as the mosque goes, it is my understanding that it is only radical muslims that practice terrorism for their god. there is definitely more to know about this, research to be done. what is going to be taught in this mosque? is it being built there intentionally as a political statement? these are a few of the many questions that i care very very little about, and have no intention of finding the answers of.

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  92. I don't really feel much safer after 9/11 because there are still attacks on America, smaller and less significant, but they are still there. It just seems like we are all more paranoid and we have lost many freedoms that we enjoyed for so many years. On the issue of the mosque, I was all set to support it and rant about my opinion, but then my dad brought up the Pearl Harbor attack and asked how I would have felt if a Japanese tribute or something of the sort had been built in Hawaii, and that just sent my head spinning trying to find a counterargument. So, now I really don't know what to think because I completely understand the reasoning behind both arguments to build or not build the mosque. Legally they have the right, and it's not like they are building right on the 9/11 site, so I suppose the mosque should and will be built. Bauer/Sloan

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  93. I think 9/11 was a sad event that occurred but the building for the mosque was bought for before 9/11 occurred and there is no reason why it cannot be there. you are supposed to be able to practice any religion you like and they should be allowed to have their mosque there, people need to get over it.

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  94. i believe that when this happened, there was no direct effect on us kids. we were too young to fully understand anything other than planes had just crashed. we didnt know who or why. now 9/11 is a memorial day that should be respectfully honored. as far as the mosque goes, i think that the people who want to build it there are being a little insenstitive, there are so many other places in new york that they could build on. this mosque does not need to be near ground zero. the poeple building the mosque may not mean any harm, but many americans would be deeply offended.

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  95. I still remeber the day I saw on the news the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. I was young, and i wasn't sure what was going on. All I knew was that the event wasn't suppose to happen. Even though no one I knew died from this attack, I still felt sad for those families that lost a loved one.

    The event was bound to lead to changes in the daily lives of americans, but the way that the government handled this was wrong. The U.S. went to fight with a country because what a group of people had done. I feel that this war wasn't worth it, and it started a stereotype. Many americans probably began to think that anybody associated with the country or religion was ought to get them and their country. Nine years have passed, and people are still holding a grudge. One of the issues on the blog has to do with a mosque that is going to be built near ground zero. They are being denied the location because of the religion. Along with this there is a pastor in Florida that wants to burn the Qur'an. These people are being punish because of the actions of others. If the mosque is denied its location it will go against the freedom of religion. If the government allows this, then it is safe to say that the government supports discrimination.

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  96. Yes, 9/11 was a sad day for all. It most definitley showed us that the United States is not invincible. Though we are more protected now then we have ever been it will never make up for the lives that were lost on that dreadful day. The wars haven't brought any peace either and more lives were lost with that. About the mosque that is a definite no no. Why should they build it so close to Ground Zero? I mean really out of respect just find a different block to build it on so that its not so close its as easy as that.

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  97. i feel as if many Americans are taking 9/11 way too serious because if we really think about it we are not innocent either. I still feel sorrow for those who lost their lives that day and for those that lost their lives in Iraq. There is just so much that we know and a lot that our government hides, we just can't let ourselves be deceived by what we see and hear. The mosque is not up to us, it is up to the government and what they decide goes. If it does get built, there will surely be some sort of retaliation, where violence or hate is involved.
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  98. 911 was a day that was full of tragedy for everyone. that tragedy exposed the need for a strict security system. As for the mosque i dont think it would be a good idea to build it in that exact location. i also dont belive the war has benifited us as much as it has benifited them. it is good that we are providing an education for the people and also tring to stop terrorist groups like alkida, but at what caust?
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  99. Bauer 4th
    I think i was confortabe with how the U.S.A reacted to 9/11 for the first year or so then i kinda lost track and now i think it was alittlebit overdone at this point in time. I think we are never safe. when we live in a world with people who dont have what they wont, there will be terrisom.i belive we should have only been in afgan and iraq war for 1 year and then we shoul;d have oulled out. everything passted that was a waste of time for the issue the news relised. if the goverment was doign other things over there then it is up to the goverment to make that desition. i think the Patriot act alwase helps to a point but we need to also look out for ourselfs. i think that the familys who lost loved ones would find that disrespectful if they built a Mosque near the site of the attack. It shows disrespect the the fallen. Well we could honor the fallen people by having a day off? i dont really know. how do we honnor follen warriors in battle?

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  100. i think 9/11 sent america into shock and made most people in this country afraid. i remember being in 3rd grade class and everyone was very quiet and worried i will never forget that day and i think we are alot more safe now than we use to be security every where is crazy they even limit your shampoo bottle size and check your shoes but everything they do is to make our country safer. as for the patriot act i dont think it matter because if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about. I do not think they should build a mosque on ground zero they have plenty of other places to build it they should build a memorial park for the men and women who lost their lives...

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  101. 9/11 was a huge devistation for America. thousands of innocent lifes were tacken that day by cold hearted terrorists. Those perished in 9/11 should be honored always, and are a reminder to all US citizens that freedom is earned and should be protected at all costs.

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  102. I think 9/11 was one of the worst tragedies to happen in america but i believe it shouldn't of taken 9 years to build a memorial for the people that died that day.as for the mosque being built, i think that anyone should be able to build whatever they want,wherever they want regardless of their religion/way of life..Just because the terrorists were muslim doesn't mean all muslims should be blamed for the tragedy.
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  103. Mallory Lemieux Mr. Sloan Pd.4September 9, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    9/11 was a tragic event that will always be remembered. Many people lost their live but i still think that the U.S responded good and fought to protect are country. As far as people wanting to build the mosque....that is completly ridonculous!!!!! thats like a slap in the face to american citizens. If anything goes there, then it should be a memorial of the fallen soldiers of the Iraq war

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  104. We all know that what happened in 9/11 was a shock. No one really expected that so we got scared and terrified. So Bush ordered troops to Afghanistan, this in my opinion was the right thing to do. The was was necessary, they did kill many of our American citizens and they had to be put in check for something. I disagree with building a mosque on ground zero. We should not have that there, we should just continue to live, with a little more watchful eye.

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  105. The attacks of 9/11 was a tragedy. Unfortunately, I don't remember too much about that exact day but just that it was caused by terrorists. It is sad to hear that many people died due to this, but to me, the attack of 9/11 does not mean much to me. The U.S. response to this attack did not make the U.S. any safer. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I wouldn't say have paid off, but more or less, it just showed that the U.S. has a lot of military power.

    Chrissy Vue
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  106. Faye Roberson, Bauer, Period5September 9, 2010 at 8:30 PM

    It was a tragety tp lose so many people in such a horrible attack. There isnt much we can do to help that now. This attakc hasent realy changed the U.S. much unless thingshave happened that i dont know about and i believe nothing will happen anytime soon.

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  107. 9/11 will always be remind me of the terrorist scumbags that survive off of the death and pain of others. And, it will always remind me of the wars to come in the Middle East that began in the hopes of destroying the source of those hideous powers that reside there.

    But most of all, September Eleventh produces in my head angry thoughts toward the so-called leaders of the USA. This infamous day, that ended the lives of over three thousand innocent American men, women, and children, was used by the selfish and disgusting politicians as a tool for pushing their own campaigns forward. It was used to gain the support of millions of mourning and respectful citizens, that would soon after only be let down by the realization of these politician's true intents.

    The war in Iraq was a failure to its original mission, but not the the campaigns of people like Barrack Obama. It was because of out of control US Media and a lack of guidance from the Executive Branch that the Iraqi population has been left without leadership and in disarray, and that both the US and Iraq payed the price in blood.

    As for building a mosque near Ground Zero, this is the ultimate test for the US. This mosque not only spreads what created Ground Zero, but acts as a trophy to all those extremists who wrote it in history. If they build this mosque, they will know that America will not stand up for its own honor, glory, and values, and it will be clear that we really are the weak infadels extremists view us as. If they win over us in our own values, they have already beaten us in everything else.

    Bryan Lindsley
    Bauer P.1

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  108. THE ATTACK OF 9/11 WAS ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC ATTACKS IN U.S. HISTORY. I BELIEVE THAT THE WAR IS NOT WORTH IT AND IT CREATES TENSION BETWEEN COUNTRIES. TO TELL THE TRUTH THE WAR DOES NOT MAKE ME FEEL SAFER IT ACTUALLY MAKES ME THINK TWICE BECAUSE NOW THE TENSION OF THE PROBLEM HAS RISEN.
    DIANA REYES =]

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  109. The 9/11 attacks were a horrible time in U.S. history. These do not effect me personally all that much however because when they first happened, I was only 8 and I didn't really understand what was going on. No one I know had any personal experiences with these attacks so It doesn't seem to have that much impact on me. I do however think that security is a lot safer now especially in airports. They have increased the security in airports exponentially since the 9/11 attacks.

    Zach Mietz

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  110. the victums of the 9/11 terrorist attack should be rememberd has heros of out society similar to how we remember thoughs how died in the pearl harbor attack. out of respect for the fallen hores, a mosk shouldnt be built with in sigh the the mass destuction, especially with laundred terrorist founds. nonetheless if the loval authorities autherze the construction of the mosk that decision should be respected.

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  111. Bryana Zamarripa Bauer P3September 9, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    i believe that a memorial should be made or like the fallen veterans memorial a wall should be made comemorating the people who died in 9/11.
    Bryana Zamarripa
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  112. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2September 9, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    I believe that the Muslims should not be allowed to build a Mosque that close to Ground Zero, I see it as a slap in the face to the people who lost their lives on 9/11. In return, our goverment eould then stop that crazy church back east from burning the Koran this Saturday. If you thought the extremists got mad when someone showed Muhammad's face, then one can only imagine what they are going to do when they see their holy book being burned.

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  113. I think that the 9/11 situation had a big impact in our lives. not only us as american but also people in other places of the world. the people who died that probably had familly in other places that were devistaded. after the attack we as americans have reciced more safty.

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  114. Morgan Woods------>BauerSeptember 9, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    The 9/11 attacks influenced our country in a way that can never be reversed. It caused hatred
    towards ethnicity and religions that is unnecessary. think of it this way, the people who attacked the twin towers were extremists for their religion. And even in the christian religion we have extremists, extreme Christians will bomb abortion clinics and do things such as this. those men who attacked the USA were a small minority of their religion and we should not be biased against the whole religion.

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  115. karina ramos mr sloan period 1

    9/11 was a great big tradgedy ive ever seen my self.seeing alot of people die and people who sacrificed themselves to save others really hit me. i believe the U.S could have done more to this situation maybe they did or not? i just think that 9/11 was an alert to the United States of America!we should be prepared for any terrorist attck at any moment!

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  116. 9/11 was a tragedy that united our nation. It led to a war that many felt was necessary to assert ourselves and prove that we would not allow ourselves to be bullied. I would love to see a memorial built for the men and women who lost their lives. But at the same time, I think it would also be acceptable for a mosque to be built nearby. I completely understand how that could be upsetting to some people. However, our country was founded on the idea that people have certain freedoms, including religion, and I believe that belief should triumph in this tricky situation.
    Kassie Lizama
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  117. 9/11 had a huge impact on the u.s. it ws a big shock. no body had expected it. but since this incident there has been soooo much racial tension. its not fair to those who did not do the crime. because of this incident i believe the people are more conservative.
    kimberlie hernandez
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  118. Cristian Garcia/ Bauer period 3September 9, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    times have changed i think that the U.S. has changed. But the U.S. hasn't changed enough to have mosque built near ground zero. The U.S. reaction to the attack is the same as any country would, terror fear of having the world end as in the Cold War using nuclear arms to end the world. I also feel as if we are still not safe no country is safe. the world just has to deal with the fact that the world is not safe no matter what any country does. In conclusion is countries fight and think that they have grown from the war but things don't change.

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  119. 9/11 means to me that our country was disrespected a lot. I think having a war was necessary but could have reacted to it in a better way. Today I feel that our country is much safer because of that attack. Now there are more security in the airlines so there's a less chance of something like that happening.

    Haran Piggee

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  120. I believe that as a country today the U.S. takes a lot more precautions within the airport and other international areas that help and make the country safer from attacks such as the one from 9/11.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Per. 3 Mr. Sloan

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  121. 9/11 was a terrible day and the people that died should never be forgotten, it makes me furious that a mosque is going to be built at ground zero . they might as well and spit on everyones grave that died because thats pretty much what their doing by building a mosque there.
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  122. Maria Perez
    Sloan
    Period:4
    When the terrible disaster came on 9/11 i was in the 2nd grade and i can still remember watching the news that day and seeing how the people were running away from the falling towers, even though i was not there i could feel there fear and sadness of knowing that many of thier loved ones were trapped in the towers that disappeared in just minutes. I believe that the U.S. is not safe even after that terrible day becasue bad things still happen. I also think that the wars in Iraq and in Afganistan was not worth at all because we are not in peace anyways and other things are going on. I think that soldiers in war should go home because they have been in war so many years and some have even lost their lives. The 9th anniversary of the 9/11 is a day to remember and honor all those innocent lives that were in the airplanes or towers that day that died, and to support those families and friends of the victims in their lose, and even if the time goes by like these 9 years it is still there and is remembered with saddness.

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  123. Janeiry Balderas, Mr. Sloan, Period 4September 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    I believe that 9/11 was truly a tragedy and that in a way the government cant be blamed because they are not omnipotent. Even though some people believe that there could have been more security, now we are trying to make everything much more strict when it comes to security manners to make sure that a similar incident does not occur but still many times we see stories in the news that show how suspected terrorists are still going around and passing through the security checks. The war sometimes seems to not have been the right choice because we only managed to add to the deaths of those that died in 9/11. But as to the Mosque that is being built i believe that because of the actions of one group, not all their people have to be judged the according to what they did. It does seem hurting though probably to those that had family that died on ground zero, and to find out that a Mosque is being built close to were their loved ones died. Because of the great controversy i believe that they should be allowed to build their Mosque but at least they should think of building it farther away from ground zero, it is discriminating, but i don not mean to say it in that way. It would just be a way of giving space between these two things, that way they have their Mosque and ground zero and its memories are not stirred around.

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  124. 9/11 changed the way most people saw the world. It caused a lot of insecurity in people across the nation who began to realize they weren't as safe as they had thought. This was probably a good thing for us to realize, but it didn't have to happen like this.

    And the whole mosque business:
    A mosque should not be built on ground zero; nothing should. except maybe a memorial for the events of 9/11. The mosque is also supposed to be built two blocks away. Two blocks in New York is like two miles. That's far enough away to where we shouldn't be so worried about the political implications. But I can see where someone who would be concerned by that is coming from, and I agree. I just think we shouldn't worry as much.

    Sloan
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  125. The war on terror that began after 9/11 was a good response because it showed the world that we weren't a nation they could walk all over. However, some of the decisions that were made following this catastrophe were too rash; they were quick fixes that made people feel more secure for the moment but increased the size of the government, which is a long term consequence that is difficult to undo.

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  126. Samantha Barragan, Mr.Bauer, Pd.3September 9, 2010 at 9:47 PM

    9-11 changed America's view on terrorism and it can't be changed back. The government goes into the people's personal privacies and "spy" on them. i think that this is a good idea though. they aren't hurting anybody or giving out this information, they are merely trying to prevent any other attacks like 9-11. the security systems on computers or in airports are just security risks and have already saved many lives. they may go a little overboard sometimes but it's for our nation's safety and i think a little privacy sacrifice is worth our lives.

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  127. I think that 9/11 was a trap we allowed ourselves to be baited into. The majority of people believe that 9/11 and the wars in the middle east are directly linked and honestly they aren't, we invaded Iraq because Iraq supposedly had Weapons of Mass Destruction. When we realized they had none we then shifted our objective to fighting Al-Qaeda, in reality Al-Qaeda is probably only %1 of the combatants we are fighting, now we are stuck in the middle of a mine field of ethnic, social, and civil tensions that played a large part in the collapse of the USSR only 30 years earlier. I think that the wars in the Middle East has made us less secure, accelerated our economic decline and allowed the executive branch to expand its powers beyond what was granted in the Constitution through the guise of the Patriot Act. Additionally, I think that building a mosque near the site of the twin towers is not appropriate at all, you could build it anywhere in the entirety of the city of New York and they want to build it there. They knew this fight would ensue and they instigated it. Just because technically it is your right does not mean it should be done it displays poor taste and ignorance.

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  128. September 11th will never be forgotten in our history as a nation. This crisis will forever effect our nation. Many families lost their loved ones, and many people lost their lives. Building a Mosque near the sight of the towers is a complete irrational idea for this facility to their culture means conquer of lives. It is known that this culture builds churches in areas they have taken over, and worship or not I see it as a mockery to our people that died. As a nation we should feel safe for our troops are out protecting us everyday and we have expierence now with terrorist attacks, therefore making us aware.
    -Haley Collins
    Sloan, p.1

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  129. I think that it is still too early to see if the wars in Afghanistan and Iran paid off; it is hard to tell if the war prevented terrorist attacks because terrorists do not attack when one expects it. Terrorists spend a lot of time planning and during all that time they are not heard of and people feel safe but suddenly there is an attack and that is when one knows if anti- terrorist measures have paid off. The Patriot Act and everything used to expose terrorists does not reduce the terror, they prevent attacks but when people here what was being planned, they get scared. I have no problem with the mosque being built close to ground zero; its a religious place and poses no threat. All of the anti-Islamic sentiment in the U.S. only shows that the 9/11 attacks worked according to the terrorists' plans, they filled people with terror. If we try to interfere with the religion of others, then we will only be showing that the terrorists have defeated the principles on which this country was founded.

    Omar Hoyos
    Bauer

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  130. Margarita Flores per.5 Mr.BauerSeptember 9, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    Any attacks are never good and the 9/11 was a horrible attack. I am not comfortable with how the U.S. responded. i don't think we are safer today. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in my opinion did not pay off i feel like that just made them want to get us back some day by attacking aging. I don't see how the Patriot Act helpful in reducing terror. Mosque should be built a few blocks from ground zero. i don't think that would that be a mistake people should worrie about their homes. The appropriate way to honor the fallen and still respect the religious practices of fellow Americans is for the laws to stay the same let be a free country. We should do tribute to the fallen of 9/11, protect ourselves, and still respect the rights of fellow Americans and uphold the Constitution by just not attacking anyone anymore.

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  131. I believe all the measures taken and the war has payed off to make America safer since 9/11. However the mosque that some people want there is a bad idea beacause instead of that we should pay tribute to all the fallen of that day with a sort of memorial monument. That way the people that risked their lives and died that day will live on in our memories and in that monument that they should build where the twin towers used to stand.

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  132. the actions America has taken to get "revenge" on the middle east for doing this. The government is just jacked up how do we for surely know who bombed these towers . We dont so lets just blame some leader and destroy a lot of middle eastern familes' homes so we can feeel better about ourselves. America you guys are hilarious Jordan Elzie per 2 sloan

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  133. I personally am fine with the mosque being built so close, but I know that it will piss off other people so I don't believe it should be built in that location because of the anger and possible violence that could result from others.
    Sloan Per. 3
    Bauer Per. 4

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  134. Was writing essay and doing blog for got some words

    after the first this--- are just devestating , pointless and making the us a target.jordan elzie con per 2 sloan

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  135. I do not feel any safer after 9/11 because all that the government did was take away some freedoms, if a terrorist really wanted to blow up anything they would do it because they are willing to give up their life to do it, so they will not let some insignificant rules get in the way. Also I do not believe that we should allow the Mosque to be build there near ground zero. I understand that we all have the freedom to practice our religions wherever we wish, but it would be better for both sides if they practiced somewhere else. If these muslims agreed to practice their religion somewhere else, it would help prove to most Americans that Muslims are kind and do care about their fellow Americans.
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per 3

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  136. The anniversary of 9/11 doesn't necessarily affect me at all. I never fully understood what went on and the parts I do understand have nothing to do with me. Although it is very sad for those families who lost members, those are really the only people that have been directly affected. About building the mosque so close to ground zero, I personally don't believe that it should be such a big deal. I mean, it's not the terrorists that are going to be using it. But the location is very sensitive to a lot of people, and even if the reasoning is ridiculous, I don't think people's emotions should be messed with to that extent.

    Sloan
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  137. I dont think the US honors and respects its soldiers and citizens enough. Its stupid to make anything but a memorial near ground zero. All of the safety procedures taken after 9/11 i think were a little extreme also, it keeps us a little safer but risks our privacy.I cant say much about the war cause i dont pay attention to politics.

    Anthony garcia
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  138. 9/11 was a terrible day, I remember watching on the news how hundreds of people had died. But thanks to the soldiers who perished, they have given up their lifes for us. I believe people pay their respect when they go visit the place where the twin towers use to be. Now the USA has high advanced security around our country. hopefully our country stays safe now that the war is over

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr.Bauer
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  139. The attack on 9/11 really opened our eyes up that there are rogue minded humans willing to do anything for power. That's is, including hurting many people by injuring them, killing them and taking away our loved ones. We are all left scarred at this tragedy. Although it was horrid, 9/11 also opened our eyes to see the brave Americans willing to fight for our country. We are now better secured and cautious about what goes on to ensure that we are safe. The mosque should instead be a memorial if they're going to spend all that money on constructing it. - g.lathipanya / Sloan p2

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  140. Richard May, Mr. Sloan, Per. 4September 9, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    If we are really the land of the free, then a mosque at the bottom of the new towers should not matter. The people who want to build it have nothing to do with the bombing so why should they be punished. They have the right to practice whatever religion, however they want and where ever they want.

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  141. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/Bauer p.4September 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    The U.S. responded well by increasing security at airports and this did ease some of the terror and unite the U.S., making us safer, but then might have also increased the terror as people overreacted and started to think that any person with a bottle holding a liquid, had the possibillity of being a terrorist with bomb materials in his or her hands. The mosque could be built if it isn't directly on ground zero, as the only thing that should be built there is probably a memmorial park, but people can't really stop them from building it as building the mosque is just more disturbing people that suffered from 9/11 than actually doing something illegal.

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  142. 9/11 to me was one of the worst that had ever happened in the u.s and to me the attack ment that there is danger in every corner and that were no longer safe. i feel that the us had the right to go to war and find the people that had done this because if not stopped they would most likely strike again . i guess it was a good act on the u.s to do this to look after people because it was the only way to keep the people safe.

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  143. 9/11 was one of the worst days in Americas history yet in my opinion it was handled in completely the wrong way. We as the United States should have been in and out of the middle east. We should not be there today. That was the mistake of George W. Bush. As for the Mosque being build near ground zero. I fully support it. Why should a religious group be canonized for the 5% of the Islamic population that was at fault for the attack on America? The Islamic faith is broken into I think 2 or 3 major factions. The minuscule one being at fault here. It just sickens me that a entire religion is now hated for something they did not do. The Mosque to me is some what of a offering to America. It is not just a Islamic center, it is a center for all Americans, all religions and all races. So in conclusion, it is my belief that our reaction to the 9/11 attack was completely ridiculous and unplanned and unorganized.

    Bauer, per 1, AP Gov

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  144. 9/11 was a giant wake up call to america.it impacted many of us greatly because of all the lives that were lost that day. to look on the bright side it really brought americans together to support one another. but still alot has changed. to travel out and in the state is much more stricter and harder. but still i dont think that we are all that safe.
    erika oropeza
    mr.sloan p.4

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  145. Bauer 1
    yes 9/11 is a sorrowful time with a hint of revenge but i fell like a lot of the time people are blaming those who shouldn't be. The "Muslim's" did not do this. A select few of activist of the Muslim religion did.

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  146. Three thousand innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 and yet we want to construct a Mosque near ground zero? This is an absolutely absurd proposition. We are in a state of war, where our soldiers are fighting and dying counteracting this cancer of radicalism which permeates from the Middle East. To even consider the installment of this "Cordoba House" near a very sensitive area is illogical and insane. We are in a state of war and some freedoms are lost for the sake of our national security.
    (Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

    Never Forget - 9/11/01. God Bless America.

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  147. 9/11 is probably the worst day in American history. Thousands of lives were lost. The U.S. did respond right by going to war with Afghanistan. Hearing about a mosque getting built near ground zero is like stabbing the heart of the American people. The Muslim religion must know that their people were responsible for what happened on 9/11 and should find another spot to build their mosque.

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  148. The 9/11 had an effect on everbodys life somehow. I remember when it happen i had no idea what was going on other than i wanted to change the channel to cartoons when my parents were watching the news. I don't support war but i do think the war in Iraq helped us. i do feel safer today and believe the goverment is doing a good job looking out for us. we havn't had any big scares like the 9/1 since it happen. The day still means alot to most although it has been 9years. Many lives were lost that day and we can't get them back so why not just celebrate who they were and what they did, just show respect for them on the 11th. And i dont' believe that a Mosque should be built near ground zero? why should we give them anything, it'ds their falut we had the 9/11 tragedy in the first place.

    Ashley Hall.
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  149. I believe the proper way to honor our fallen Americans is to do exactly what they are doing now, memorilizing them and to never stop doing that. 9/11 had an impact on every person in our country and should never be forgotten. Responding to this attack by waging a war was the appropriate thing to do in my opinion. We needed to defend our country any way possible.
    Now, I think the idea of building a mosque a few blocks away from ground zero is extremely disrespectful to our country and how would that be honoring the Americans that lost their lives in any way? I'm am in no way against the Muslim religion and I believe it would be completly fine to build the mosque, say, across town or something. But the traditional reason to build a mosque, for Muslims, is to build it on the land they conquered; they did not conquer that land!!
    Hayley Swearingen
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  150. To me, the ninth anniversary of these attacks means a time to look back and pay my respects to my fellow Americans that were lost in the tragedy because after all, you never know when it will be you. In saying this, no I do not believe we're any safer today as there will always be that possibility that it might happen once more. Even though as an American there is a special place for 9/11 in my heart, I also value the idea of non-discrimination. Just because these people were Muslim, does not mean they did such a twisted thing due to the fact that they indeed, were Muslim. If you ask me, a mosque should be able to be built four blocks away from Ground Zero. It does not have the intention to honor those who caused the tragedy and therefore I find no other reason as to why it shouldn't be allowed.

    --Sloan
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  151. Ryan thinks that he is not sure who did the terriosit acts cause no one from the plane survived to tell us who did for all we know the government told the plane agencys to crash the planes and they had the full back up of the govnment as a hyjack.thats why ryan isnt to fond of this situation unless its known for a fact who did it if you tourcher someone for awhile there going to boost they did it to make u stip and to piss you off. Ryan also thinks the government has a probleem with musilims like both bushes fought them so little george had to follow his father and get support to fight them so he staged it. Just like the assasingation of JFK the govenment is corrupt and i wouldnt be surprised if RYan get like kidnapped for saying this. Ryan also thinks that if the us government is so hurt by a mosque like 4 miles away from te site they should go to iraq and make 2 big A$$ towers right in the city to honor the fallin people from 911 and see how they like it so ya thats what Ryan thinks.

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  152. When it comes to the mosque being placed near ground zero, honestly, if anything, it may prove to Americans that not all Muslims are here to harm us. I've done research on the possible building of the mosque and it isnt going to flat out be a mosque, it will be a communtity center with a mosque inside or attached. To be completely honest, i feel as if there is nothing wrong with it being built there. Though i know it will bring difficulties, it being a community center should and will show the neighboring people that the muslims do not wish to harm them and not all of them are out to "ruin america". Damage control needs to be done between the Muslims in this country and the ones in which are currently against them sinply because of this single attack on the towers.

    Korine Bobrow
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  153. The 9/11 attacks were horrible, but we can't be ignorant to other religions.
    Victoria Turney
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  154. Nine eleven was a horrible time End of story. No omg its all politics bs. Im sorry but the people who died in that attack are the only ones to have a say. They are dead, so its no ones right. We are safer today for the actions taken after the attack, and for that we can sleep at night. It doesnt matter whether we are safer though, tell that to the people who get to go to bed on that night knowing their loved ones have been gone for exactly one year. Do you think they really think about the religions behind it? My husband died because she wasnt muslim? No, their loved ones died and that is all that they care to know. It happened and destroyed their lives. Yes our tallest buildings are gone, yes an airplane crashed,but that is just the beginning of it. There were those people in that building, on that plane, whose only thoughts were, i never ever got to say good bye. So, screw the religion in it,i say, people died in our country. And we took actions to fight for their death, so it was not in vain. End of story.
    Jojo M, Sloan, p.5

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  155. The attack on nine eleven was not a good thing. safer is not really the point in this situation. Nine long years, and many people think we still care about the politics behind it. Its not about those, or the religion. People are gone, and we fought for our country. that is the point.
    stephen g, bauer, p.5

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  156. I believe the U.S. should have responede more harshly towards riag and i believe the patriot act was a good law and should still exhist, however i don not think that the war accomplished much

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  157. No offence to any one but this anniversary and the previous ones didn't mean anything to me. Maybe if I had a relative or friend there who died it would've been different. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq didn't pay off It was pointless.
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  158. 9-11 will always be a day that we remember. That day scared millions of Americans. In my opinion we handled it in the wrong way. Many people believe that the war in Iraq and Afghanistan were because of the actions of 9-11; however, neither of those countries were linked to the terrorist attacks on 9-11. Personally, I believe building a mosque at ground zero is not appropiate. Having some sort of memorial would be a great idea, but not a mosque. Maybe a big cross or grave.

    Chris Woodard P.3 Bauer

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  159. Hannah Engebretsen/ Bauer P2September 10, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    I do believe that we are safer today and that the US responded pretty well to the terrorists attacks. Our flight systems have deffinetly changed and are much more safer now. Our country has come very far from the attacks on 9/11.

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  160. I believe that the mosque shouldn't be built close to Ground Zero. Out of all places, why does it have to be built there? There are plenty of other places to built it, and it's disrespectful at its current location. I do believe that people should be able to freely practice their religion anywhere they want, but I also believe that this should be an exception to that idea. Period 2 Sloan

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  161. I think our country and the world will remember 9/11 forever. It is one of the most horrible acts of terrorism we have ever seen. We did make the right decision to go to war and I think we are safer now than before. The mosque site being built at ground zero is not a good idea. There are too many people who lost loved ones being hurt by it and the builders should just realize it is not right.

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  162. Well September 11 is a day that shall be remmembered by all in this world. For many reasons but the point is that America got a very alarming wake up call and it scared the nation. that wake up call made the U.S. make harder safety laws to be put into place and tougher security at our airports. it woke us all up and showed that we are not inviceble and everyone everyday no mater where you are there could be danger.
    Gary Vasquez
    Per. 3 Mr. Bauer

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  163. luis Anguiano
    Mr. Bauer Period 2

    I think thT 9/11 was a sad day in United States becuase of the lostof many people. But i believe that it did make us stronger and we showed that we can take hits and at the end we get the final words

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  164. i think that as a whole the war effort in iraq has been a good thing for both countries. their country has been getting a more stable government and out country has gotten better security. you could tell this if you just pay a visit to the airport. the security has gone way up and i think it is a good thing for the most part.

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  165. I believe the mosque should not be build near ground zero. This is just like a church burning the Quaran, it offends. Each group should be respectful for the others feelings. Life were lost and their respected families are probably offended if the mosque was built near ground zero. The war in Iraq was defenetly not worth it. all it did was crash our economy by enlarging debt. the purpose of the war was weak and never really accomplished. the Patriot act is an invasion of privacy which is something americans take pride in. of course we are safer now but are we happier with the excessive security? when is it really time to say enough. the way i see it is that the goverment knew how to ply on the patrionism of americans and their hunger for revenge. that is how i see the war in Iraq. i believe a nice way to honor those who died is to have a ceremony in their honor. the president should give a speech to show we haven't forgoten thos ewho died and how much we lament that loss. there are many conspiracies out there. today i saw a program based on all those conspiracies that made the government seem like a backstabbing frenemy. everyone is entitled to believe in them, i even believe some of it somewaht, but they should still respect those who died.

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    Mr. Bauer P4

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  167. Isabel de la Rosa
    bauer
    p.2
    9/11 is a day that caught everyone offguard but because of that day we are now a safer nation and we have to remember the price that had to be payed and respect the ones that payed it and for that reason i dont believe that the mosque should be built there since its already bringing conflict why risk offending more people , the mosque should be built because the US is about religious freedom but i dont think its the place to do it . as for how we should tribute the victims is by building a proper memorial and not using that day as a joke.

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  168. Sarah Richter, Bauer, Period 5September 10, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    The ninth anniversary of 9/11 is sad in my opinion. So many families lost loved one or friends. The US should have been able to find the leader and should still be looking for him. Our country is no safer than before. The hijackers were able to come into the country and get all the practice they needed in order to suceed. What makes our country think this can't happen again? Next time it could be on the white house or capital. We will never be 100% on this not happening again.

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  169. The atrocities committed onto innocent people by the US in our 'war on terror' over the course of 9 years has more than equaled the grave attack on our twin towers. A devastating attack upon our nation has led to a social misunderstanding of the majorly moderate Islamic people. Our even more devastating attacks upon Islamic lands have produced an understandable fear and loathing of the West and the also typically moderate people living here. As thousands of innocent Islamic people have died in our Bush-led crusade against terrorism, I find it impossible to feel patriotic or sentimental about our countries actions following 9/11. It saddens me that the actions of a radical few have opened a well of hatred among the people of two nations. A moderate Islamic cultural center blocks away from ground zero could help bridge the gap between two peoples.

    Like the new blog! I'll post from work. :)

    -Karl (class of 2010)

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  170. Justin Tyler, Bauer, p.3September 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    I think that 9/11 will never be forgotten because of its strong impact it had on America. I feel that are security has tightened somewhat. I feel like at the time war sounded like a reasonable response but in the end got carried on for too long.

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  171. Jackie Douglas; BauerSeptember 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    To me, the attacks ring a bell in my head reminding me of that day in Mrs.Tokar's third grade class, watching those planes fly into the Twin Towers. It was a terrible feeling watching something so horrific and knowing that there was nothing we could do to change what had taken place. In remembering that day we have to remember that we are a strong nation and we can withstand controversy.. So maybe building a Mosque nearby wouldn't be as terrible as some people are making it out to be. But I only speak for myself.

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  172. What happened 9 years in 9/11 will never be forgotten because so many people were affected by this. 3,000 people dying was way too many and the US could have prevented all this if the airports would actually take their time to check everything like they do now. Also why did we stop looking for the guy that was in charge of all this? We don't know if he's dead or not so he can easily plan another attack at anytime.

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  174. I really think that 9/11 was indeed a wake up call for the world. There are cruel people out in the world but the thing is we should have seen this coming. I mean as a nation, We have our foot in the door in just about every country and we are constantly exerting our influence across the globe for greedy reasons. I don't know the exact reasons why the terrorists attacked but obviously they have a problem with us. To resort to such an extreme form of terrorism would never be a 1st measure, so I'm sure we ignored some form of request by the terrorists.

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  175. 9/11 was a very tragic day for all of us Americans. What those terrorists did to us on that day was probably one of the most messed up things they've ever done to us. In my opinion, we should be safe but I don't get the fact how we could just let them get away with four of our planes and not get stopped by our military. The U.S. spends most of their money on military and our military couldn't stop them on time. I find that to be pretty messed up for our military too but over what all those 19 hijackers did was taken over the extreme.

    Paul Holston
    Bauer p.5

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  176. 9-11 was not the first time they tried to tear down the towers. The attempt before hand failed thankfully.
    The patriot act was to know the minds of those who would try to kill us. To find them before they were able to do more damage. I do not know how many lives were saved due to patriot acts, but i have no doubt many were.

    I believe we are ,much safer now than we were.
    Caleb J. Newman

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  177. I honestly kind of wish that The mosque had not been slated for the location in such close proximity to ground zero simply because it was destined to cause controversy, and they knew it (I'm a fan of the path of least resistance). But now that that location has been requested, I do not feel that is right to deny that spot. It was not Islam that bombed the twin towers--it was extremists who in no way represent the religion or its ideals, and to say that a Muslim church has any less right to be in that location than a christian church would be wrong, and fighting it is only making the situation worse. Especially considering that (If I heard right), this is was intended as a gesture of peace to some extent.

    Sasha Schotzko-Harris
    Mr. Bauer
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  178. Kaylanie L. Mr. Bauer per.1September 12, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    The attacks of September 11th were extremely unfortunate and will not be forgotten in this country for years to come. Though it is not very hard for one to understand the rash decision to go to war, we must wonder, how long do we allow the madness to continue? Yes we may have felt our country was in immediate danger at the time, but how long was long enough to drag our citizens through this? Today I don't feel as if we are in any better position than when we started the war. In fact, economically we are doing horribly; and the war has much to do with that. All and all, I would have to say the 9/11 attacks were tragic and the war just added fuel to the fire.

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  179. Sep 11th for me was a day when many citizens lost their loved ones.Innocent lifes were lost.
    Its has been 9years and still we cant forget that horrible day when the twin towers were gone.
    Im not exsacly comfortable on how the U.S responded it could of been better,and the wars didnt payy of neither.


    tania hinojosa
    p.5 sloan

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  180. Lourdes Godinez
    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

    I think that the September 11 attacks were horrifying. It really surprises me how the terrorists even went through with the attavk, and how no one was suspicious about it. I think that this day should be a memorial day for all tghe innocent lives lost.

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  181. Haley Neal Bauer Per 1September 13, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    I personally think Americans are still very angry about 9/11. It was a tragedy and it won't be something that we will would ever forget. I think the Mosque isn't a good idea. Though it is not the fault of the entire Islamic community, Americans (pretty much) blame Muslims for the attack. Maybe it's just too soon to ask for Americans to radically accept the Islamic community, especially near the sight of such a horrible event.

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  182. 9/11 was a tragic event for all of U.S.A. The attack caught all of us off surprise and it hurt us a lot. To me, 9/11 is a day to remember all the lives lost that tried their hardest to save others. That day was a major impact on our whole country.
    Blake Harrison
    Bauer
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  183. viridiana ramirez period 2September 20, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    the 9/11 brings us many many memories. this is the day where many inocent people dies because of the hijakers. its n0t fair that many people dies but it has actualy halped us and made us stronger because we know we could pass this hard situation and help out state.

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  184. After the 9/11 attack it was a pretty big touching incident we will always remember and love the people who died in it. I dont think fighting in iraq was a great problem solver it just made it harder for families to watch their loved ones go off and fight but they do it for the country they live and love in.
    Aniscia Silva. Sloan. per 5.

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  185. I think 9/11 shaped America in a way where we could focus on security and racial tensions.As much i wish and everyone else wishes that it never happened it made our countrey much stronger and more cosiouse.
    mr.sloan per 1
    amanda hommond

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  186. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan P.1)September 21, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    To me the 9/11 attack doesnt mean much, but i do respect those who died on that day. i believe that the safty of the people is never secure because we never know what can happen. Despite my belief i think that government trying to do something about it was a good aproach to the situation because it lets other know that we will fight back if we feel threten.

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  187. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr.sloan P.1)September 21, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    To me the 9/11 attack doent mean much, but i do respect all those who lost there lifes and family member to the tragic event. All i can say is that safty is something never secure because we never know what can happen or what others plan. despite my belief i do think that the war that broke out was a good approach because it shows that we will fight for what we believe right and when our right are trying to be taken away.

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  188. The 9/11 attack on the world trade center did not have much impact on me because my family did not even talk about it. Now that I fully understand all the horrible things that were done that day I see that it was a huge disaster. Ever since thn security has gotten very strict, and there is reason for it.

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  189. i think the u.s. responded how they were supposed to because if the u.s.was the one attacking they would attack America back.

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  190. Michael Freeman Per 5 SloanDecember 13, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    To me, this is a spit on the face to the People. This man is fully aware of the pain this brings to the people of the united states, but he is cocky and does not care at all. It is also far from a coincidence that they are trying to build a religious establishment on concord grounds. Pelosi is once more stepping into an underground operation to perform some more treason.

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  191. Vicente Chavez
    Sloan per 5th
    Yes 9 nine years have gone by since terrorist attacked our country and it was a sad day. War? well, I think that it was wasn't worth it because we did not find the main terrorist and we hanged Sadam one of the leaders of al queda a terrorist organization, but we did not ever find the main one Osama ann yet we still have no clue were he is hiding or if he is even alive. Our international travel security got a lot more strict due to the attack and that is a good thing because it helps our counrty to be safer than before and all we gota do is stand strong as a nation and not let any thing else happen like this a lot of innocent lives were taken.

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  192. 9/11 is a day that will forever be remembered..and i do beleieve in a way it made our country stronger as a whole..our security and our outlook on life..we took advantage of everything and when that happened it was a bit of a wakeup call to Americans..

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan p.4

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  193. 9/11 was a horrible event and a major wake up call for not only the US but the world. I believe the fallen soldiers should still be honored and contributed to with anniversaries of that day, they never gave up and faught for their country. I do not believe are any safer today then back then, maybe more on the look out for attacks. Anything can happen, at any given time, the only thing we can do is be prepared for the worst when we least expect it.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  194. 9/11 was a very tragic event, many lives were lost and many loved ones were taken. I believe the US handled the situation good. The soldiers should always be remembered. I do not think the US is any safer now then we were then, maybe expecting it a little more. The only thing we can do is make sure we are prepared for the worst.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  195. 9/11 was a very tragic event, many lives were lost and many loved ones were taken. I believe the US handled the situation good. The soldiers should always be remembered. I do not think the US is any safer now then we were then, maybe expecting it a little more. The only thing we can do is make sure we are prepared for the worst.
    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
    P.1

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  196. enrique salazar sloanper5December 15, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    9/11 to us now is just a day nobody will forget and think about all the damage that was done by terrorists

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