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How do you feel one year after the terrorist attacks?

Today marks one year since the September 11th tragedy. How do you feel about the attacks one year later? How do you feel about the way they changed America? Are you still trying to cope, or have you come to terms with what happened?

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it's hard to belive it is a year since this terrible tragedy. i thank the good lord every day that i woke up today and i'm so blessed and lucky to have so many things like a family, friends ,a home , food and my health. i am solucky to live in america. many of us take so many things for granted.

Richard A. Cohen, west roxbury,mass.

Everybody feels the same: sad, angry, and heartbroken for the tremendous loss that so many hae experienced. I have to say that a gentlemen appeared on the State House steps this morning, with all the other dignitaries, dressed like he was going to the ball game! Who was that idiot that showed such disrespect and lack of common sense!

Cindy, Melrose

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on them. God Bless the U.S.A.

patrick leahy, boston

I can't believe what a dope Deirdre from Bellingham is, the way she is in denial about the treatment of women at the hands of Middle East countries. How dare you compare the practice of stoning women for allegedly adulterous practices, and subjugating females with oppressive dress, violence, and the lack of human rights to the fact that Britney Spears is scantily dressed? Get serious. Women from Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries who lament treatment in the United States are like homeless people begging for money and then complaining that someone only gave them a dollar. They are like someone who is drowning and is saved, only to complain that their savior's grip was too tight. When you have nothing, it is ridiculous to whine about being given something that can be construed as- at the very least- a good start. I tell you what- why don't you take a journey to Pakistan or Iraq and see what kind of respect you receive. Try to study to become a doctor, and see how far you get. Try listening to music, nevermind emulating Britney Spears, and pay attention to exactly what kind of freedom you are allowed to exercise. It will be seconds before you start praying to return to American soil and the "demeaning" culture of this land.

PJ, Somerville

Im very sad..to know my child is going to grow up in this sick day and age.....I think we can make this world better if we came together as a whole..god bless everyone

Karyn T, billerica

I still don't really know what to think in part because it's hard to believe that it's been a full year. However, I do feel that time has helped to mend many wounds, many unanswered questions, but still, there are many to go without solution or reason. The bottom line is that we have progressed a full year since this horror first ripped us apart and then brought us all back together even stronger than we were before. We must never forget, we must never unlearn the events and reasons for this terrible action and most of all, we must never think we are safer because we are part of the strongest and most beautiful country & culture in the world. No one is safe and we have been shown what can happen when our guard is down. We must be ready for everything. And furthermore, we must NOT hide this from our children. History repeats itself and if the children know nothing of this even until they read about it in their history books, the leaders of that time will leave us as vulnerable as we really were one year ago today. God Bless America

George Byam, Needham

Words cannot express the deep pain and sympathy I feel for all those directly touched by the tragedy. This day should be a reminder that in the superficial world in which we live, where everybody is hungry for money and in pursuit of the most material goods, life is about love. On a small scale we need to simply care for one another. I want to see strangers hugging eachother in pursuit of peace. If I got a hug from my brothers and sisters every day before I went to work, lunch, church, or even anywhere my day is brighter. We must cherish every moment like it is our last and strive to be the best human beings that we can. Start on a small scale; become a big brother, give a dollar to a homless person, and live by the golden rule. Tell that special person exactly how you feel about them. Express genuine concern and care about our neighbors. Ladies, if a young man compliments you he may actually just be friendly not necessarily trying to hit on you. If everybody commits themselves to excellence for the cause of peace, we can use this tragedy to the best of our abilities, to drive us to become better. bjpender@ibtco.com

Brian P , age 22, Waltham, MA

I still feel empty inside... I also think that we are closer a a nation, It sad that it took such a great tragedy to wake us up.

Michelle, Natick

had the Kennedys and the Clintons done their job in the first place and had Clinton had excepted Sudans offer to give us Bin Laden back in the mid 90's instead of worrying about upsetting Yasser we wouldn't have this tradgedy

Kevin, waltham

I feel anger, sadness, irrate and we should never forget this horrendous tragedy to innocent people. We need to fight hard and with force and go after all those who threaten the USA. If we need to go into Iraq then "Let's Roll". We need to do everything in our power to make the USA safe. All illegal immigrants should be deported immediately. Protect our borders and we get to say who enters our great country. This is an election year and we have the power to change all those who don't believe in this great country and for what we stand for. Yes, my life has changed and so haven't my belief's. I don't feel safe, I'm scared and that's what the USA is not about. Our lives have changed forever. God bless our great country and God bless the President to fight for us. Peace be with you,

Lea Cormier, Newburyport

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