The End of An Era

It’s impossible to find words. I was at the gym for a cycle class when I heard about the World Trade Center at about 6:45a. I came right home. We don’t have TV so we all gathered around the radio listening to the news. I told the kids that they would remember this day always.
I’ve been anchoring all afternoon on TechLive. I’ll be back during regular Screen Savers hours doing news, but I hope to take calls about the day’s events, too. Obviously we won’t do tech. As of right now, we’ll go to regular programming after the newscast at 9p Eastern. We’re planning a regular Screen Savers episode tomorrow.

I expect that my trip to Fairfax and Charleston, WVA will be cancelled. But we’ll reschedule as quickly as possible. I should know for sure by tomorrow.

So far, everyone at TechTV and our friends and family have escaped unscathed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this unthinkable tragedy. Peace.

89 Replies to “The End of An Era”

  1. Leo,
    I would like to commend you and your colleagues on the caring and professional manner in which you covered this horrible tragedy. And, frankly, after an upsetting day of comforting my students, it was conforting to my wife and myself to see you reporting during our regular “appointment with Leo” during ScreenSavers.
    Thanks.
    Just as your told your children, I also told my students that they would remember this day for the rest of their lives. Let us all pray it will be remembered as the END of such events for all time.

  2. Like so many of you, I am completely stunned at the events of Tuesday. The closest event I can relate this to is the assassinatin of JFK in 1963. I was 9 years old at the time and I had nightmares for weeks afterwards. The same is true now, I cannot sleep, or function at work very well. Enough about me though, this is not about me!
    Seeing the 2 year and 4 year olds listed as victims of the hijacking brought me to tears today. How cold blooded and monsterous to not care about innocent children! The male passengers on the Pennsylvania crashed jet are heroes. They subduded the hijackers and kept them from hitting their target. If there is a civilian medal of honor, they deserve it. One of the passenger’s wife was on the news tonight telling details of her husband’s cell phone calls to her before the crash.
    I applaud the law enforcement authorities for their quick action in identifying the hijackers and for the other info that they have uncovered. My heart goes out the the Huffman Flight School president in Florida. He was very convincing tonight on the news. He had no idea who these two Islamics were when they trained with his school.
    Peace to all, and pray for the wisdom and guidance of President Bush and our other leaders.

  3. On the way home this evening from shopping at the local Mall, the National Anthem came on the radio. From the back seat of the car, my son announced that we needed to put our hands over our hearts- we did. My daughter asked me to turn it up- I did. In the dark, we drove home, hands over hearts, singing “The Star Spangled Banner”… tears flowing freely.
    “…And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
    Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
    These words hold a new meaning for me. Thank you friends for your prayers and good wishes for all, we need to stay a strong Nation, a strong World Nation.

  4. Leo,
    First off, I want to say that my deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of all the victims involved in this tragic event. I would also like to ask that, although a tremendous atrocity has been committed, we not act rashly in a moment of anger. The Muslim community has been just as deeply affected by this tragedy as the rest of America. I hope you will give them the same courtesy, respect, and sympathy that you give the rest of America, because they are as much Americans as the rest of us. Thanks you.

  5. Leo:Words can’t begin to express my feelings of sadness and grief. All my life,I’ll always remember the images of the planes striking the World Trade Center,and of the collapse of the towers. I’ve never seen anything like this before,and hope I never do again. Everytime I see those images,I shudder and turn away. Leo,you and your crew did an excellent job of covering this tragic event as it unfolded. Also, TSS tonight was well done. Thank you for letting us express our feelings of grief. It helps alot. my prayers and condolances go out to all who have loved ones who worked there. I’m glad you cancelled the Virginia apperances too. With all that’s been going on,you never know what will happen. Love to you and the family. Don’t forget to give the family a big group-hug tonight. Take care.

  6. You’re right Leo, it’s easier to work it than watch it… but I did watch a lot of it on TV, and I did wonder about you being at home with no tv and after seeing those images burned into my brain from endless repeats, from endless angles, I think maybe you are very wise afterall. I also listened to C-Span Radio, Brian Lamb was amazing, he took so many calls, all kinds, it was impressive to hear him and the callers with their stories of survival.
    I still can’t really believe it happened, even though I saw it a thousand times, when I saw the first building collapsing I was in disbelief. When I saw the plane fly right into the building, it looked like a really bad Photoshop effect… it didn’t look real. that looks so fake, I kept saying to myself, the building didn’t even move. My brain wouldn’t let me accept that it was real.
    I have to commend Tech Tv for their coverage (wish they could have cancelled the commercials, though, very odd to go to a break and see an ad for the ab-roller, you know, …but not playing the music stingers going into the breaks gave the coverage a serious feel…. I also thought Stacey Tisdale was tremendous, as another person above mentioned, she really impressed me with her ability to keep up with events and keep the information coming, she grew up a lot in my eyes that day.
    Thanks for doing a Screen Savers tonight, I haven’t seen it yet, but I saw it was live at 7 pm, it was nice to see everyone on there, it was a bit of normalacy which I am looking forward to….. thanks for doing the show.
    Best wishes to all the Screen Saver family out there, I hope everyone is safe and my heart goes out to everyone in NYC.

  7. I found this Peom on the ICQ Banner Excnahge..The guy usually has journal entires,pictures,poems and stuff, but he turned his site off and put up a single poem…I think its very nice
    Here is the link…I think everyone will like it:
    http://www.sevensgw.com/knight/

  8. NOT Wesley —-
    This is America last I checked. We have the FREEDOM do say what we like. Just like you said what you like, EVERYONE has the right to say and think what they like, be it for or agenst what your thoughts or beleifs maybe…this is why this is America. The war is NOT within us, but agenst us ALL…you, me and Ted, and the rest of the nation. We are all Americans…like it or not, the same freedom you have to express what you feel is the same right anyone has to express and think what they feel. You don’t want to allow “selective freedom” do you? Keep together America. Difference does not matter…we are all on the same team and Team America is under attack.

  9. Yes, I too am repulsed by the Palestinians cheering & dancing in the streets. But that is not the MOST disgusting thing about all of this: it’s the people here in this country who spray-painted the commuter train this morning with obscenities so offensive I won’t repeat them, or who threatened and attacked Muslim schools full of children, or who (mentioned on Silicon Spin) wanted to make “not just a parking lot, but a LAKE out of that land”, or who post racist hatred here on this site like Apokalips XIII @ 09/12/2001 03:06 PM PDT. And, oh, by the way; I am not a Muslim, Arab, or Palestinian.

  10. I actually agree with you. On slashdot a similar remark as the one I made on the top of the page led people to believe that I WANTED the Pakisatinian civils to die. That is not the case, I would just have a hard to feeling sorry for those who might get caught in a crossfire after they so gleefully cheered the massive loss of American life.
    Furthermore the idea the all Muslims should die is definetly disgusting. I find it particularly disturbing that Arabs who are US citizens have come under fire. Those people may be Arab by birth, but are Americans by choice, they are on ou side and should not be harrassed because of the actions of a terrorist group in another country.
    Actually we are BOTH wrong though. The most disgusting thing I heard on a radio interview with a local DJ’s cousin. Apparently these “hoodlums” were in NYC approaching bystanders saying “It’s OK for us to rob you because all the police are downtown” I don’t know if anyone was robbed, but anyone who could be in NYC when the WTC building collapsed and say something like that is a low form of life.

  11. To anyone who would think this would cause the US to fall or be “scared” into changing our way of life, well they must be pretty damn stupid.
    I’m not scared, I’m angry, I’ve felt a few of those anti-Arab feelings but I put them aside, I’m angry that this happened, about all the lost lives who will never have the chance’s many of us will have, I’m angry that lives were lost for stupidity, there is no God that is worshiped on this earth that says its ok to murder, or that you will be rewarded for it. It’s bull from the start.
    Many people died, but I’m not scared, just angry, resolved and more American then I have ever felt before in my life. Buildings will be rebuilt, people mourned. And the United States, and every other civilized nation that believes in freedom will continue to exist for all time. Because you can’t destroy that with any weapon that will ever exist.

  12. I think they sould seal off the cockpit of comercial jetliner. Then spray sleeping gas into the cabin before even taking off. That way everybody would have a safe trip. And money would be saved because there is no need for food or the service for that of. There would be no need for stewardesses other than maybe 1.
    I cant begin to phathom the complete distruction that took place. These deeds shshould not go unpunished. Thoughts of turning sand to glass seem to come to mind. But then again can we hold a whole country accountable for the the acts comming from 1 man. Maybe we could if that country Harbors the guilty one.

  13. It’s only natural to feel anger at a time like this, but we have to act independent of that. Blind rage never wins anything. Vengeance only turns you into the cruel and callous killers you want to eliminate. As a society we have always used tools for that. Generally thrown away once their usefulness was outlived while the rest of us slept in our beds seemingly ignorant of what we had spawned and thus still decent members of civilized society. It’s very similar to those who despise hunters and yet sit down every night to a steak dinner or the like. War is hell. None of us want to kill anyone, but sometimes it has to be done if we are to retain the freedoms we hold so dear. There will be casualties we won’t want to know about and many of our troops will lose their sanity if not their lives. You can’t turn on the TV and pretend it will go away. Or tomorrow it may be your family that does not come home. It’s the price we pay for our freedom. For which some have to fight and die while others are seemingly oblivious that such atrocities exist.

  14. 2 stories I heard on NPR not too long ago (I paraphrase):
    1. When the perpetrators of the US Embassy bombings in Africa were about to be sentenced, one man who lost his wife said he hoped the offender would get the death penalty. This is a normal reaction which you would expect. Another woman who lost her husband said she didn’t want the convict put to death. She said “I was against capital punishment before, & I can’t change my mind just because it hits home,” and “We’re supposed to rise above such natural inclinations (as revenge).” Generally, I’m pretty cynical when it comes to humanity, but I thought this was the most NOBLE thing I had ever heard–and I don’t bandy the word around lightly.
    2. A Catholic nun teaching children how to read (in Guatemala I think) was snatched by government officials, brought to some building in the capital, charged with being a some kind of subversive & “interrogated.” She was gang raped & otherwise tortured for I don’t know how long. The commentator asked her about her faith. She said “My God walked into that building with me… And he died in that building.”
    One person’s spirit remained intact, & the other person’s spirit was crushed…
    I want to know for MYSELF: what’s the trick–what’s the difference between the 2–how do we accomplish this superhuman feat in the face of incredible suffering?

  15. Just wanted to drop a line and say ‘Thanks’ for going on the air with the Screen Savers the day after this horrible tragity… It helped me to clam down and get focused… Our school basically came to a grinding hault with everyone gathered around TVs is absolute horror… It was nice to get together with the Screen Savers family… Thanks again Leo

  16. My God, I can’t believe that this has happened! Now I know how my late
    father felt when they attacked Pearl Harbour!
    I was so scared when the fourth plane crashed in somerset,pa.
    That is WAY to close to me here in Johnstown,pa.
    My heart and prayers go out to ALL of those involved in this tradgedy.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!
    WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!!

  17. This about sums it up…
    By Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald
    We’ll go forward from this moment
    It’s my job to have something to say. They pay me to provide words that help
    make sense of that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of
    airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can
    find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the
    unknown author of this suffering.
    You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.
    What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward’s attack on our World
    Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn?
    Whatever it was, please know that you failed.
    Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.
    Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.
    Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.
    Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a
    family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family
    nonetheless. We’re frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional
    energy on pop cultural minutiae — a singer’s revealing dress, a ball team’s
    misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We’re wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready
    availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we
    walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are
    fundamentally decent, though — peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle
    to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority
    of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.
    Some people — you, perhaps — think that any or all of this makes us weak.
    You’re mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot
    be measured by arsenals.
    IN PAIN
    Yes, we’re in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We’re still
    grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to
    make ourselves understand that this isn’t a special effect from some
    Hollywood blockbuster, isn’t the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel.
    Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final
    death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of
    terrorism
    in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world.
    You’ve bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.
    But there’s a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us
    fall.
    When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force.
    When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay
    any
    cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.
    I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I
    think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with
    dread of the future.
    In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers
    pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be
    done to prevent it from happening again.
    There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic
    freedoms.
    We’ll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined,
    too. Unimaginably determined.
    THE STEEL IN US
    You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of our
    character is seldom understood by people who don’t know us well. On this
    day,
    the family’s bickering is put on hold. As Americans we will weep, as
    Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all
    that we cherish.
    So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that
    maybe
    you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that’s the case,
    consider the message received.
    And take this message in exchange:
    -You don’t know my people.
    -You don’t know what we’re capable of.
    -You don’t know what you just started.
    But you’re about to learn.

  18. Hi Leo,
    I admire/chuckle/learn from your show or I’d like to think its your show. You do such a great job.
    On Sept. 11th Jim (my honey) and I flipped from Tech-TV (that’s where Jim starts his day), to CNN and BBC for a rounded view of what was tragically happening.
    I appreciated the point of view given by Tech-TV that was different from either CNN or BBC and it was nice to have that point of view…Thank you.
    I’ve been trying to use up my pent up frustration/hurt/anger by cutting wood and breaking dead branches, getting ready for the winter months. My goats have been getting fatter these last few days since I’ve been crying so much I don’t want to hear them cry for being hungry….so more alfalfa over the fence to them. Leo your kids and kids are cute.
    Our kids are: http://www.lake.org/goats.html they are a little older that your kids…but cute none the less.

  19. There are alot of people that are against a retaliation because they feel violence doesn’t solve anything. Because it doesn’t do any good or solve any problems. That’s a comendable mindset to not be overwhelmed with rage and vengence, to be able to look past that.
    But one thing that occured to me over the last few days is that God Himself succomes to rage and vengence and has many times when someone has attacked His people or his laws. Some examples: Adam and Eve being banished from Eden for disobeying his laws. The flood to wipe out all of the lawlessness and Godlessness in the world. The only solution in God’s eyes was “Do over!” The destruction of Soddom and Gomorrah. The plagues of Egypt. The list goes on and on. In fact God says that those that touch his people is like touching his eyeball. The Bible clearly illustrates that God Himself isn’t above revenge. It says that he is a “vengfull God”. He doesn’t take transgressions against Him lightly. Isn’t that the whole point of Armageddon? To cleanse the earth of all those that are opposed to God so that the world would be clean again?
    Just something I’ve been thinking about the last few days.

  20. Thought you should know that people are now leaving erroneous information on these sites. A friend of our family has been missing since this tragedy and when we searched the I’m okay site we found his name. Well he is not ok and this is creating false hope for our friend’s family. They have been searching for him and had their hopes raised only to find out sick people are posting names of missing people on these sites that are still missing. You should really do a story on this. It has been reported on the news like CNN and Fox News. And we have been personally affected by this, as have many others. Thank you for your time. Dan
    As seen on TechTV.
    “In addition, several sites created message boards to help families find one another during the crisis. Internet Service provider Prodigy created the National “I’m Okay” Message Center while the University of California at Berkeley and AOL created sites to help people trying to locate friends and loved ones in New York and Washington. “

  21. “One” by Creed
    Affirmative may be justified
    Take from one give to another
    The goal is to be unified
    Take my hand be my brother
    The payment silenced the masses
    Sanctified by oppression
    Unity took a backseat
    Sliding further in regression
    One
    The only way is one
    I feel angry I feel helpless
    Want to change the world
    I feel violent I feel alone
    Don’t try and change my mind
    Society blind by color
    Why hold down one to raise another
    Discrimination now on both sides
    Seeds of hate blossom further
    The world is heading for mutiny
    When all we want is unity
    We may rise and fall, but in the end
    We meet our fate together
    One
    The only way is one
    I feel angry I feel helpless
    Want to change the world
    I feel violent I feel alone
    Don’t try and change my mind

  22. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to all involved in the horrible tragedy that occurred on 9/11/01. Leo, we would like to thank you for the human touch that you add to your show. As Americans we need to stand together, strong and united. We have listed a few links to sites that are taking donations. They are listed at http://nickyandstephen.com. We love your show. Please keep it coming.

  23. Please goto 911SkyNFlag at http://briefcase.yahoo.com/quardster
    This image was taken hours after America was attacked by an American that is determined NOT to let terrorists have their way and to show us that even on
    the horrendous day that beauty was still all around us and will never die.
    Here is the idea behind the message:
    Words are not enough nor ever will be to express how Americans and the world will look at this tragic day. I moved from NY to Las Vegas. I lived in NY for many years and have been at and in the World Trade center many times. I still can’t believe the NY skyline without the twin towers. After hours of hearing more and more about this with the rest of the world I started to feel a need to look outside and remind myself that no matter what that there is still and will always be beauty no matter where we are what day it is or what happened.
    So I started taking some pictures of the sky and clouds and colors and here is my reminder, my gift, my message to us all.
    Remember no matter what, we’re still who and what we are and there is no way that the people that did this could EVER EVER take away or destroy the beauty in the world.
    So here is my reminder to us all that beauty on this day still exists and will always no matter what happens to us.
    I added the faint image of the American flag to the beautiful picture of the sky taken on that terrible day. Please share it with the world as a symbol, our symbol that America and Beauty will always exist, no matter what happens. We are united. Please make this image your desktop on your computers. Please share it with the news outlets of America. Send this to EVERYONE you can think – CNN, NBC, send it to anyone and everyone – we stand united that no matter what happens, Beauty will always exist.
    Click on 911SkyNFlag at http://briefcase.yahoo.com/quardster and download it and make it your desktop and share it with others. Thank you.
    I remain,
    -Vin

  24. I can not fathom the horror those people felt. Yes the world is changed forever I just hope that things dont get really bad and they stop all religion to have world peace. Then the end will come. Leo what is deal with offline webpages how do I veiw webpages of line? It does not work when I save a favorite and select veiw offline then when I go try to veiw if offline I can’t.

  25. [jesse blough is my brother, we share this computer.]
    [my other email address is: blough_joseph@hotmail.com ]
    at 7pm at the central park in downtown Johnstown,pa ,there was
    a candlelight memorial to ALL who lost their lives in this tradgedy.
    I recorded The Screensavers live last night, and I must say that I
    was deeply moved. especially when Leo gave Patrick a hug, that’s when I really lost it,It finally sunk in that we are ALL a big family, wether we are related by blood or not.
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!! United We Stand!!
    And Please,PLEASE do NOT Hate someone just because of His/Her Race/religeion!
    WE ARE ALL AMERICANS UNITED AGAIANST TERRORISM!!!!

  26. Hey Leo, As an American Airlines employee I’m REALLY POed. I’m ready to go back in the Navy and do my share. But logically, how do we stop terrorism? Seems to me it’s been going on for a long time. Well we know how we stopped the fanatical Japanese in 1945. It took two atom bombs. The first one did not convince them. Imagine that! It would take many spies and assassins and infiltration to root them out. It would seem to me that otherwise it would take a a long protracted conflict to end the terrorist threat, not to much unlike Viet Nam where GIs were unsure of who the enemy was. It’s a no win situation. How much will it cost the US taxpayers for all this? I personally don’t want to spend my tax dollars for this new war. I want computers and technology. But seriously, we should not have to live in fear of the next wacko kamikaze terrorist attack in this country. So what do you do? Round them all up and ship them back? Nuke ’em? Have another “Desert Storm” or a Viet Nam conflict? It’s a no win situation. “Vengence is mine sayeth the Lord”. Kill them all and let God sort them out. (poster from the Viet Nam era)

  27. It is difficult to describe in words how I feel about the 9/11/01 tragedy. I have created a memorial site which I plan to update every September 11. I think we should remember that war is not ALWAYS the answer to our problems.
    Some thoughts about the tragedy:
    http://thewayifeel.tripod.com/

  28. This is such a horrible tragedy, which is an understatement, I know. It has brought forth something positive though. Our country is more united than I ever remember. I just hope we can sustain it through the long haul, as this is not going to be a fast moving mission. I am sure it will involve economic sanctions, espionage and military action. I do not believe nuclear war is the answer. It should be the VERY LAST resort if at all.
    Vincent, thanks so much for the graphic. I downloaded it as my wallpaper and it is very uplifing. I also thank Tech TV for listing the memorial banner site. I have uploaded some of them to my personal website and my amateur radio club web site as well.
    I am enclosing a site for gifart.com. They are giving a gif image each day and the last few days have had a patriotic theme. The latest one is very uplifing and I have included it on my sites.
    http://www.gifart.com
    May God Bless,
    Cheryl

  29. I find it amazing that you do not own a TV. Just because you own one does not mean that it has to be watched daily but, when an event such as this one happens I truly believe that TV is a must. I cannot imagine not having watched JFK’s funeral, or the first men on the moon, or the Space Shuttle exploding, or dozens of other events in my 47 years.
    And even if you do not own a TV – you did not have a computer with internet access to gather around?
    All of this is really none of my business. I just find it odd given all the known circumstances.

  30. Kill em all! We should all throw in the Starship Troopers DVD, get psyched up, and go kill us some muslims. I am glad for Tech TV mentioning the disaster because I wouldn’t have found out until much later (my TV usually stays on Tech TV — despite all your unfounded and biased anti Microsoft dribble). But thank you for covering the tragedy, though I did immediately switch to CNN after hearing about it. No offense, but you’re a tech channel.

  31. Leo,
    I’m a big fan of your website and the work you do for TechTV, you always seem to know the right things to say and express. My heart goes out to all of those affected by this terrible tragedy. I just hope we all learn something positive from this horrendous ordeal.

  32. I am a junior in high school and I have to say that I was struck by today’s events. I cannot believe how such a horrible thing could happen to innocent people. I know a few people that commute from here in Boston to New York weekly for work and I can only hope that they are ok. Whoever has done this needs to be held accountable and these people need to be brought to justice.

  33. Leo..
    Thanks for posting today to give your Leovillagers support on the devastating day.
    I want to let you know that I thought tech tv did outstanding coverage..I watched all networks and the dish and by far, your stations coverage was professional, understanding, and well put together, but most of all they showed that they were human like the rest of us..
    My thoughts are with the U.S. tonite..we all need to band toegether.
    annette

  34. Hello, I am an 8th grader, and I saw the terrible incident happen right from the beginning, i flipped and saw CNBC, and it came on saying a plane crashed.
    I live less the 3 houses away from school, So I ran over there, and told my home room teacher to turn on the channel. the rest of the day we watched that channel. I think whoever did it..they have a terrible mind, and ought to be hunted down.
    Thats all I can say, for now.
    -Aaron

  35. Leo, my family and I watch The Screen Savers every night. As you all said this evening on the show, it does feel like a family. I live on Long Island and it was surreal to see the video of the collapse of the twin towers, such a fixture of the NY skyline. I work in a middle school and though we heard bits and pieces of news during the day, I didn’t actually see the destruction, or the video of what happened, until I arrived home in the afternoon. I sobbed uncontrollably. It’s hard to believe that so much of lower Manhattan is just gone. I think I’m still in shock.
    I believe, however, that we will get through this. If these cowards who perpetrated this act think this will bring us down, they are sadly mistaken. This will only serve to bring us closer together. We’ve been through adversity before. We will live through this and come back, stronger than ever. I will never forget the sight of the members of the House and Senate spontaneously singing “God Bless America” on the steps of the Capital Building. Forget the political rhetoric. That’s who we really are.
    Thanks for giving us a place to sound off,
    Liz Honig

  36. Leo, I’m writing this, as I watch the 10pm PDT showing of today’s (12th) show. I just want to say what an excellent job you and the team did.
    I grew up in Britain, and only moved to the US in 1999. In all my 30+ years in Britain, I don’t think we had as many terrorist-related deaths and injuries as we all saw in New York and Washington DC yesterday. I spoke to friends back in Britain, and people there – all that distance away – were reeling with shock at what happened.
    Personally, I spent most of yesterday, in a state of mild shock, and disbelief. This goes way off the scale of anything I’ve seen happen before. Today, despite my usual left-of-centre politics, I’ve found myself thinking we should just nuke Afghanistan, and then see who else wants to try it on with us. I know this sounds extreme, it’ll pass… it’s just the shock talking.
    On a positive note, it seems that the American people are coming together as one nation, determined to get through this, support each other and grow from the experience. This is the sort of positive side that we must keep in our minds as we put our country back together.

  37. First, I want to offer my deepest sympathy to all those touched by the horrible events of 9.11. My prayers will continue for all of the missing, and those struggling with such dedication to try to save anyone that might still be alive in those ruins. The police and firemen, as well as construction workers involved are all heros. Thank you all.
    Thank you Mark Hein, Cleve, OH. for bringing Lenoard Pitts’ piece to this page.
    It says so much of what I feel. Tuesday was a day of absolute horror. I did feel fear…as I am sure most Americans did. But That is past, today I feel anger and resolve. At 8:45 am Tuesday morning and through the next couple of hours the “sleeping giant” that was this country came awake. Today, I see the American people have become the “Mighty Giant.”
    I truly believe that this country will rise up and be stronger than ever in it’s fight for good over evil. Terrorism must be stopped. There must be an end to this senseless killing. It serves no purpose. We must do whatever it takes to put an end to this madness.
    This is truly a war, and we must fight it with resolve. This “cancer” did not grow overnight, and it will not be “cured” overnight. We have been brought together we will stand togehter to protect our freedom.
    We are a people that prefers peace, but when provoked we do FIGHT! Remember the Alamo…Remeber Pearl Harbor. We have not started our battles without being provoked. But once provoked we have prevailed…and we will again.
    God Bless America.

  38. yes the end of an era, words cannot alone express the pain of loss or the hurt that happened on
    sept 11 2001, but it makes us realize how hurtful and cruel and unmerciful people can be to each
    other those people that died and their family members did nothing to the people that did this
    there were living their lives trying to get though this life and be happy but it was cut short but
    these insane attacks on the innocent why do we hurt each other so much we need to join
    together and be strong and fight against these people who would destroy peace and freedom
    my prayers and thoughts go out to the families of the victims may God be with you all.
    and to the firefighters, police offices and ems and all rescue workers that give their lives and
    stayed and tried to save lives and get people out when the towers collapsed and in the end gave
    their lives trying to save lives God Bless you and your families, there are heros in this world
    those who would give there own lives trying to save someone they don’t know and don’t go
    looking for any kind of recognition God Bless them all and God Bless the USA
    my love my prayers and thouts go out to you all
    God Bless
    Jesse K. Blough

  39. I know that this is a long time after 9/11 but i just had to say something. Since then a lot of things have changed. I was only in the 7th grade when it happend and i was in shock for a long time. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that this would happen. It was a big wake up call. But the problem is SOME PEOPLE STILL HABVEN’T WOKEN UP! some people still care more about themselves then their country! It drives me crazy!
    ~mAGGIE~

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