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Opinion: On anniversary, 9/11 volunteer revisits the tragedy — and humanity

Original post made on Sep 9, 2021

Here we are two decades later following a domestic attack and ongoing threats from foreign adversaries. Domestic terrorism is something new, but our ability to come together as a nation of patriots is not.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 9, 2021, 10:04 AM

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Posted by Ellen Wheeler
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 9, 2021 at 11:26 am

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I am oncredibly moved and humbled reading your words, Francine. Thank you for sharing your writing with us locally as we try to ready ourselves for the 20th anniversary commemorations we are experiencing. And thank you for your service on those days.

Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 9, 2021 at 2:53 pm

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Excellent article. We must remember this every time there is a major disaster. We must always respond with compassion for the victims and first responders, as well as providing services immediately.

However, I would like to point out a serious error in the last sentence, when the author states that "domestic terrorism is something new..." This is emphatically not the case. Domestic terrorism has unfortunately been with us for a very long time. Just think of the Ku Klux Klan, for example, which was formed after the Civil War in the former Confederacy and spread across the country--and which still exists. And let's not forget the Oklahoma City bombing, carried out by domestic anti-government white nationalists. Terrorism goes way back in our history, from the genocide against Native Americans and the institution of legal slavery to the present day.

Posted by Donna Anderson
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 10, 2021 at 12:36 am

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Thank you, Francine, for sharing your story and for your service to families. This was a vivid reminder of the horrific scenes that continued for many months during recovery of possibilities for families with losses.
Each of us must be involved in the lives of those around us ... offer kindness, help, involvement, love, and prayers.

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