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I teach sociology and psychology classes
at both Fairmont and Glenville state colleges.
I have students of all ages in my classes.
My younger students do not seem to grasp
the seriousness of the situation. It is almost
as if they are desensitized to violence. Others
are fearful for their future and are feeling that
they won't have a future. The older male
students want revenge, they want to bomb
someone and be done with it.
I try to encourage my students to be critical
thinkers and to be creative in dealing with
problems. I tell them that terrorism is different
and that retaliation just brings about more
violence and the loss of more innocent lives.
I encourage them to look at themselves and
if they fear or hate something, they need to
try to understand why. They need to learn
about the values and beliefs of those they
view as "different. "or maybe even fear and
One female student said, "well, how
would YOU handle it?" In my
business as a licensed professional counselor,
sometimes I encounter a difficult problem with
a client and I do not know how to proceed.
So, I go to the text books, I make calls to
colleagues and former professors from graduate
school, etc. until I feel secure in knowing that
I have the tools to proceed to a workable solution.
There are experts in the field of terrorism. After
other terrorist attacks, a commission was appointed
to study terrorism and come up with solutions. These
experts were interviewed after the attack and I could
hear the immense frustration they were feeling in their
voices. They feel we as Americans have become too
secure and complacent. They feel there is an increased
need for greater security, especially in airports. They
also believe that we need to treat terrorists as we
would any other criminal who attacks and causes the
death of innocent people. We try them for their
crimes and punish them according to our laws.
And most importantly, we need to try to
understand the mind of the terrorist.
I have always believed that sometimes it takes
a tragedy to get people to come together. It
is comforting to see people helping each other
without thought to race, religion, sexual orientation
etc. We must appreciate diversity and try to
exercise TOLERANCE. That might be a
start to finding a peaceful solution.
I don't know if you want to use this in
your paper, but you have my permission
to use all or part. I just wanted to share
the thoughts and reactions of some of
my students...Helen Woodyard
M.Ed., C.R.C., L.P.C.
For the past 13 years I have flown over 250,000 miles on American
and foreign carriers I return to the US each year from Japan, which
includes international flights with domestic connections; also, I make
two or three flights per year to Hiroshima, Taiwan, Korea, or other
places in the western pacific. There has never been a flight in which I
did not feel my own mortality, but I accepted the risk based on the fact
that air travel is "the safest" form of transportation.
I believe that these terrorist acts in NYC and Washington have added
a new dimension of fear and concern to every citizen that flies, attends
a professional arts or sporting event, visits a major city, utilizes
other public transportation, or attends a large social event. Our
confidence in the power of our democracy has left us complacent about
the dangers that really exist.
That time is gone forever! We need to employ trained flight
Marshals on major flights both domestic and international. The cockpit
of airliners needs to be locked and sealed and this armed and trained
Marshal will assume responsibility for what goes on outside of those
doors. The people that work in ground security need to be federal
employees (not just employed by the individual airlines) whom are
adequately trained in the detection weapons of submission and
I am proud of the heroes on that flight that crashed near Pittsburgh
and the overwhelming display of patriotism and altruism that has been
shown in NYC. May God Bless America and I pray that the perpetrators
will be brought to justice and the fear of God will be placed in the
hearts and minds of all of the terrorists organizations on the earth...Your Cousin in Japan, Jim Weaver
First of all my thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends of the victims, and to all of New York. Second to the
friends of the victims who went down in the plane in Pennsylvania, they are true heroes and true Americans. We will never
many lives they saved by giving their own lives by fighting back and crashing the plane. To me they showed the terrorist what
America is all about together we stand. We will stand and stand tall and we will fight back.
And now to the Military my
prayers go out to all of you, I know you have a long and uncertain time ahead of you but I know you will do your best you
And as for justice I for one believe very much in justice, BLOW OSAMA bin LADEN AND ALL HIS BACKERS ALL
THE WAY TO
On September 11, 2001 the United States of America was given a wake up call. It is time for prayer and worship to be
brought back to our schools and public places. I have been told I can't voice my opinions of my religion at work. I thought
we lived in a free country where we could speak our minds and worship our Great Heavenly Father. I am asking that
everyone get up a petition to bring back prayer in our schools and public places, to be able to celebrate Christmas and Easter
as it is suppose to be celebrated. To be able to speak about God at work and school without loosing our jobs or being
kicked out of school. It is now the time to fight for our country and for our right to worship when and where we please. God
Bless Us All...Angela (Hall) Nation
As I went to Calhoun Middle School this morning to
pick up my son because school was letting out early, I
heard the school band playing patriotic music coming
from the school Gym.
I walked into the Gym and what a sight it was!
Every student, teacher, and employee of the school was
there in remembrance of what happened on Tuesday. The
American Flag was being held by the football team and
the principal asked each person to stand for a moment
of silent meditation as one loan trumpet played taps.
It truly brought me to tears.
My husband, son, and I moved here to Grantsville, from
Florida several months ago. We lived in a town with a
population of about 250,000. It has truly been quit
a culture shock especially to me, moving to a small
community such as Grantsville and the surrounding
area. The people are much more friendly here and they
seem to truly care about each other. The community
spirit here is by far greater than anywhere else
I have ever been.
I was born and raised in Florida,
spending all my life there until we came here. People
have been very gracious to us and here, 4 1/2
months after I've moved here, I feel that I have been
here all my life.
As I strolled down Main Street this morning, I could
not believe how everyone was rushing to hang their
flags, banners (God Bless America), and ribbons. The
spirit here in this small town rivals even the largest
cities in America.
I spoke with my sister in Florida this morning who was
in the middle of facing a tropical storm which was
close to hurricane status. It wasn't pretty down
I would like to take this opportunity to thank
everyone from the First Baptist Church of Grantsville
for welcoming my family graciously into their church.
I could not ask for a better church to attend.
Given light of the things that have happened this week
in New York City, our nations capital, and down in
Florida, it makes me really stop to think about all
the things that I have been complaining about
recently, how completely trivial they are. I THANK GOD
with all my heart and soul that my family is here in
Grantsville, safe and sound. I am truly glad I'm
We have been a protected society. That is the reality of our current
situation. Today I attended a noon prayer service at our church, Clarksburg
Baptist Church. If those responsible for this expected to drive a wedge
between the American people they have failed. There were between 300 and 400
at the noon service, most not members of our church, and many without any
What an opportunity to spread the news of Jesus Christ.
As everyone else, I really wonder what the future holds for us. Only God
knows and He is the one we need to put our trust in. Those who have gone
before us fought to give us our freedom. We need to remember that and
respect their memory. GOD BLESS AMERICA and give us the each the courage and
knowledge to know what to do... Gary Nicholas CCHS '64
For a long time this disease called terrorism has been a boil on the butt of the world, and finally I feel like it will
be removed. Most of the world wants unity and peace, only a few resist, and now we have the support of the
world in getting rid of those who resist. I feel totally confident that these trouble makers and murderers will be
removed from our lovely planet, and I think God will be rooting us on.
The Bible says everything has a time under
heaven, including a time for war. If they don't want to get with the peace and cooperation program, I say we get
rid of them. I consider all those who lost their lives to be heroes, firefighters, police, EMT's, and civilians. I think
they all deserve to be honored and remembered forever, and big hugs to all those who have experienced loss
from this tragedy. May you be blessed, and may the angels wrap their wings around you and bring you comfort...
I believe that as Americans we should stand together at our time of crisis. I also believe that the guilty should be held
for their actions. I do not hold a grudge for the innocent nor will I teach my sons to. I will teach my sons that as Americans we
respect and honor our fellow Americans, as well as our fellow nations, that they should always remember September 11,
a day of mourning for "innocent fellow Americans that died, by the hands of a coward". I hope to send my condolences to all
families that have lost loved ones from this horror, and also to send my praise to the ones that are risking their lives to help find