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Many issues in wake of 9/11

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This is now the 11th anniversary of our Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. We will always remember this loss with much sadness. Once again the incident was shown on TV and we relived it again, as if it happened just yesterday — people jumping out of the tower windows, fires, the horrific screams and the loss of so many of our brave rescue workers as they went into those buildings, knowing that they might not come out alive. After all these many years, there were those who were there, and were interviewed, remembering, with so much emotion, all that happened, even though 11 years have passed. They will never forget, but neither should we forget this “war” that we experienced on our shores. Short as it was, it took many loved ones that are still being missed to this day. Now we are experiencing losses — jobs, and homes. This has been going on for quite some time, and the discouragement that so many are feeling is being felt in many of our households. I know, because my daughter lost her home, a home that she thought she would be in until she retired, many years from now. Our big concern should also be for the military personnel who are coming home to face all the chaos in which we find ourselves, since we are without a leader in the oval office. Beside the emotional stress, and injuries they have suffered, they don’t need to be left without a roof over their heads! Another challenge they are facing overseas is the possibility of their not being able to vote in this election. There is word that Pentagon officials are ignoring a 2009 laws that ordered the military to set up a special voting-assistance office at every U.S. base around the world, to make sure troops can vote. A letter has been sent to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to make sure that our troops, stationed away from home, will get the chance to register and vote in the upcoming election He must get this done now to make sure that they can vote. Again, remembering the many lives that were lost on Sept. 11, 2001, we continue to pray for the families that will always remember this tragic loss. We stand with you, and God bless you. ELLY DERR, Auburn