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September 12, 2001

Terror tests America
The United States is at war. Our enemies have penetrated American soil to assault the most prominent symbols of our economic and military power, and the magnitude of the loss -- in human life, in economic devastation, in damage to the national psyche -- is almost beyond comprehension. Sept. 11, 2001, takes its place alongside Dec. 7, 1941, as the most evil dates in American

Letter writers respond to terrorist attacks on America
We're all shocked by the cowardly, inhumane, godless terrorist attacks made on the United States on Tuesday. Some of us, while also shocked, were not surprised. Indeed, we wonder why the attack took so long to happen, because we are, arguably, more vulnerable to such attacks than any other nation on earth. Unless we are willing and ready to suffer further, similar -- possibly even worse -- attacks, we must make a terribly difficult decision, and to do so with utmost, although deliberate, haste.

Bill Maxwell
Attack on our twin towers is personal
For many Americans, including me, the destruction of the World Trade Center is personal. I have two friends and two relatives who worked in the center. My relatives, one a janitor and one a gift shop stock clerk, had worked there for so many years that I took their presence there for granted.

Martin Dyckman
Perservation of our soul
TALLAHASSEE -- Nothing in the nation's experience has prepared the United States of America for the crisis that burst so horribly upon us Tuesday morning. Not even Pearl Harbor, to which it most nearly compares.  

Taking jobs, alienating customers
For weeks Americans have been told that the outsourcing of high-tech jobs is good for our economy. So said Greg Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in a recent report signed by President Bush. So, too, writes Thomas Friedman of the New York Times in articles praising the rise of call centers in India used for everything from making airline reservations and reading medical X-ray films to providing tech support for American computer firms.

Philip Gailey: Democrats fall off campaign finance reform wagon
Well, what do you know. Soft money is back, and it's making hypocrites of all those Democrats who fervently championed the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law, not to mention those Republicans who objected to the law's restrictions on issue advocacy.

Bill Maxwell: Who is for the farm worker?
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is touting legislation to improve the lives of Florida's 300,000-plus farm workers, who endure institutional and systemic injustices each day in our fields and groves and their personal lives.

Robyn E. Blumner: For some defendants, an American gulag
In Bernard Malamud's masterpiece The Fixer, inmate Yakov Bok was subjected to psychological torture in a Soviet gulag through the humiliations of constant shackling and repeated strip searches.

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