Pelham - Windham News 12 - September 9, 2011
by Lynne Ober Any remembrance of the attacks that occurred a decade ago would be incomplete if it did not include America’s service men and women who have been fighting the decade long War on Terror. With the horror of the deaths in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania fresh in Americans memories, we were not surprised when President George Bush announced that those responsible would be brought to justice.
As families struggled to deal with the loss
of loved ones in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, countless millions of television viewers watched
Remembering All Who Died as a Result of 9/11 foreign countries.
as American troops landed in Iraq and began to make their way across the country. The technological wonders of our time brought the war to our living rooms, but not the horror of the war. We saw a sanitized version that didn’t include the hardships faced by our service men and women.
In the decade since we invaded both Iraq and Afghanistan, pictures from both fronts have been seen on our television screens, sent to us via e-mail or viewed on-line or in printed media. We still cannot understand the hardships and dedication shown by our troops who still serve in
New Hampshire originally had ten victims from the 9/11 attacks, but as the war has continued those who have served have swelled the number of victims from those attacks. Our newspapers chronicle the deaths of our service men and women. August, 2011 had the most American deaths in Afghanistan since the war began. As families directly impacted by the attacks on
9/11 worked to heal and move forward, countless other families have been notified of the death of a loved one fighting a long way from home. These men and women chose to go and chose to protect
Remembering - A Decade Later by Lynne Ober
No one will forget where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001. For most of us, word spread quickly and televisions were turned on as people watched in horror. Later it would be described as the 102 minutes of horror with the world looking on as the hijacked planes flew into New York City’s mighty twin towers, ultimately destroying three of the World Trade Center buildings and killing more than 3,000. In the decade since more have lost their lives in the War on Terror that still rages on foreign soils. The morning began in a normal way with no one expecting the series of four coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda against the United States. Later we would learn that 19 al-Qaeda terrorists tool control of four passenger jets. Two of those jets intentionally crashed into the Twin Towers of the Work Trade Center, killing all on board and setting up the ultimate crash of not only the Twin Towers but also World Trade Center Building 7. Hijackers crashed a third plane into the
Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and the fourth flight, United 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, PA. In the subsequent years, there are still mysteries surrounding the crash of United 93. Many say that the passengers and crew fought back, but others, including a story that originally ran in the Nashua Telegraph that revealed that the FAA had seen a second plane in the vicinity of flight 93, believe that Flight 93 was shot down. Children lost parents; parents lost children and thousands of families lost love ones on that fateful day. New York City fire fighters and police
officers rushed to the scene. The New York Port Authority plus staff from private emergency service companies joined those trying to rescue the people. Before it was over nearly 400 fire fighters, 60 police officers and 8 of the private emergency response staff died in the attempt. Another 184 people were killed in the attack on the Pentagon and there were no survivors from any of the flights. Not only Americans died, as residents from over 70 foreign countries also died. Healing for families will never be complete. New Hampshire had ten immediate victims and has had many more as the War on Terror has been fought. It took two hours for the Twin Towers to crumble
and crash to the ground. When they fell, debris damaged other buildings, including World Trade Center Building 7, which sustained damage to the south face of the building. Although this building was equipped with fire sprinklers, the system required manual initiation of the electrical fire pumps. No one estimated a disaster of such magnitude and there was insufficient water pressure. World Trade Center Building 7 might have been saved with an adequate water supply available.
After the North Tower collapsed, fire fighters
entered World Trade Center Building 7 and attempted to put out the fires, but low water pressure hindered their efforts. The fires continued to burn into the afternoon. Flames were visible on the east side of the building on both the 11th and 12th floors. During the afternoon, fire was also seen on floors 6 through 10, 13 and14, 19 through 22, and 29 and 30. With fires burning
out of control, the building endured more damage and at approximately 2:00 pm, firefighters noticed a bulge in the southwest corner of World Trade Center Building 7 between the 10th and 13th floors. This was a sign that the building was unstable and might collapse. Firefighters had also reported hearing creaking sounds coming from the building. Around 3:30 p.m. FDNY Chief Daniel Nigro called a halt rescue operations, surface removal, and searches along the surface of the debris near World Trade Center Building 7 and ordered an evacuation of the area due to concerns for the safety of personnel. At 5:20:33 p.m. on September 11, 2001, World Trade Center Building 7 started to collapse, and less than a minute later at 5:21:10 p.m. the entire building collapsed completely. There were no human casualties associated with the collapse. However, World Trade Center Building 7 housed SEC files relating to numerous Wall Street investigations, as well as other federal investigative files. All the files for approximately 3,000 to 4,000 SEC cases were destroyed. While some were backed up in other places, others were not, especially those classified as confidential. Files relating Citigroup to the WorldCom scandal were completely lost. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimated over 10,000 cases were affected by the loss of these files. The Secret Service had its largest field office, with more than 200 employees, in World Trade Center Building 7 and also lost investigative files. With the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7, debris substantially damaged and contaminated the Borough of Manhattan
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submitted by Patti Letizio, Windham’s Helping Hands The Windham’s Helping Hands organization was able to help more than 40 children with back to school clothing and supplies this school season. Thank you to all who participated in the Windham’s Helping Hands Back-to
School fundraiser. Items donated included shoes, shirts, pants, skirts, socks, underwear, sweaters and sweatshirts, as well as notebooks and backpacks. Through the generosity of the community, many students went back to school with a smile on their face and confidence in their step!
Johnson vetoed 750 bills in order to keep taxes low. “I may have vetoed more bills then the other 49 governors combine,” said Johnson, saying he was continuously reelected in a state 2 to 1 democratic. He said he often questioned bills as to their impact on taxes and the general welfare. Johnson recalled a bill he vetoed requiring pet stores to exercise each animal for two hours daily. “The next thing I need to do is fund the dog and cat exercise police,” he said.
As to the current economy,
Johnson felt the country to be on the verge of a monetary collapse. “There’s no repaying $14 trillion in debt given the fact that we will rack up another $9 trillion,” said Johnson talking
about the future of the economy. He said the most important thing was to balance the budget. Speaking on jobs, Johnson said he
was the only presidential candidate viewed favorably in their own state and that he had the best record when it came to jobs. “The private sector creates jobs,” he said. A business man himself, Johnson began his own handyman business as a junior in college, growing the business to be the biggest construction firm in New Mexico. As governor, he vetoed legislation adverse to business. Johnson also felt the tax system needs to be reformed, saying he favored the Fair Tax, which would eliminate income, business to business, and corporate taxes along with the IRS. The Fair Tax works as a federal consumption tax. He also said he would reform Social Security and Medicare. As to the war in Iraq, Johnson said he was opposed to it from the start. “We have a military surveillance capability to see Iraq roll out any weapons of mass destruction,” he said. In Afghanistan, Johnson said, “we were attacked, we attacked back.” He said it took six months
Community College’s Fiterman Hall. This damage was so extensive that the building was not salvageable. In August 2007, Fiterman Hall was scheduled for deconstruction, but a revised plan called for demolition in 2009 with completion of the new Fiterman Hall in 2012, at an estimated cost of $325 million. The adjacent Verizon Building, an art deco building constructed in 1926, had extensive damage to its east facade from the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7, but it was restored at a cost of $1.4 billion. The destruction of billions of dollars’ worth of office space caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was not completed until May 2002. Work immediately began on ensuring that this event would never be forgotten. The plan included a memorial, scheduled to open on September 11, 2011, and One World Trade Center, a 1,362 feet tower, estimated for completion by 2013. The Pentagon was repaired within a year, and
the Pentagon Memorial opened, adjacent to the building, in 2008. Ground was broken for the Flight 93 National Memorial in November 2009, and the memorial is to be formally dedicated on September 10, 2011. World Trade Center Building 7 was rebuilt. As America struggled to move forward and families struggled to get through each and every day, President George Bush announced that we would not rest until those responsible were punished. It took nearly a decade to find the master mind behind these attacks and today we remember an event that affected all of us.
America’s freedom. They have given the ultimate sacrifice as this decade long war has been fought. So, as we remember those impacted on 9/11, let us not forget those who have been impacted by these terrorists attacks in the decade that has followed.
In New Hampshire, we have an opportunity to remember our service men and women who are serving in war zones by contributing to MooreMart. If you’d like to help and say thank you for protecting America, check out their website at www.mooremart.org
Republican Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson and Rotary Vice President Peter Rayno
to eliminate Al-Qaida, and that ended ten years ago. Johnson also does not want to go to war with Libya saying they are not a military threat. As for immigration, Johnson felt making work visas more attainable along with the consumption tax would reduce the problem, making note he is from a border state.
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