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Terrorists will never succeed in America

© St. Petersburg Times
published September 18, 2002

Re: A pause for reflection, by Donna Winchester, Sept. 11.

The first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks proves to me the resiliency of the American spirit. Given the culture of our land, we Americans will never let liberty die or trade our freedoms for security. Terrorists will never succeed in America.

We must forever be on guard relative to airports, subways and public terminals. Nowadays, sports stadiums, malls -- anywhere the masses gather -- must be regarded as potential risk areas.

Americans must steel themselves as the level of risk remains high. Homeland security to thwart enemy resourcefulness must be enhanced and expanded. This is the only way to live in relative security.

In spite of what we do, any American can become a victim of viciousness. That's why it's wise to be wary and heedful, but unwise to be neurotic and an alarmist at every turn.
-- Robert B. Fleming, St. Petersburg

Horse sense in Pinellas Park

Re: A few horse owners should not win, letter, Sept. 11.

Obviously the letter writer doesn't know just how many horse owners and horse businesses there are in Pinellas Park.

We are not "a very few" citizens. And I have been told that the park was donated and designated specifically for the horses. It now houses a community center and baseball parks.

We already are required by law to ride our horses in the street to get to the park.

I might add that it is the "horse community" that adds $90,000 an acre to Pinellas Park property values, not the trailer parks.
-- Tracy Shrader, Pinellas Park

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