Niagara Gazette — But we can face public security measures with the realization that they are in place to protect everyone. Instead of grumbling about the lines at airports and border crossings, we can appreciate the screenings done by Transportation Security Administration personnel and Customs and Border Protection agents.
We can report unattended packages and thank the screeners who check our bags and backpacks on the way into concerts, ballgames, theme parks and other places where people gather.
Our gratitude and cooperation should extend to first-responders, who rush not away from disaster but toward it. Those who are paid to deal with destruction, injuries and death and those who volunteer all risk their own safety, peace and well-being to try to bring order to chaos.
The ghosts of 9/11 will always haunt us, just as the Depression and world wars affected earlier generations. But we can resist intimidation and find some peace with the measures that must be taken to protect us.-- Plattsburgh Press Republican