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  1. While I’m not happy about it, I’m afraid I have to agree with you concerning our country’s effectively heading the way the terrorists wanted in the last decade. We were a freer people a decade ago; now we accept yet more authoritarianism simply for the sake of authority, rather than for any real purpose helpful to the people. I do not think we should forget the past — I have no desire to repeat it — but a remembrance tinged with anger, fear, and lust for revenge will not bring us back to greater freedom. You might find the following free on-line book interesting, considering your thoughts: The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer, found at:

    That being said, it sounds like your decade too went well. May you have many more such wonderful years! :)

  2. I’ve been rather outspokenly, if somewhat unpopularly, saying that commemorating the attacks only aids the terrorist’s goals, and the bastards in our government who have skillfully capitalized on them, but this is a fine way to remember. I was half-way through my Masters program at FAU in 2001, and while there are some areas I wouldn’t mind being a bit more successful in now(mostly financial) I can say that my students love me, I have a wonderful wife, step-daughter, and a beautiful brand new baby girl. My cats are fat and happy, and I have neither a colostomy nor dialysis. Yeah, life’s not bad. :-)

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