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Is Sept. 11 the price of freedom?

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Updated: November 11, 2013 2:42AM



Yesterday, the anniversary of September 11, I once again watched on cable TV a compilation documentary of video, mostly shot by bystanders, of the events of that day.

There’s little dialogue but the images are powerful, albeit often very difficult to watch. Each time, I ask myself why I keep poking at this painful wound. Each time, I am reminded of the Jewish people and those who wonder why, a half-century later — they can’t let go of the memory of the Holocaust.

Painful as it might be, we don’t let go because, to let go would mean those thousands of death become meaningless to future generations. Forgetting, we run the risk of not learning the lesson.

I once heard someone say that 9/11 is the price we pay for freedom. That’s struck a chord in me. As a country, we pride ourselves on our freedom but, as we’ve learned, that freedom comes at great cost, especially in regard to privacy. In the years that have passed, we’ve learned our shores are no longer immune to terrorism. So, consider this: What concept is more important to you — freedom or safety?

Rick Reynolds, Munster: We don’t have total freedom and we never did. If that was the case in this country, anarchy would reign. These days, safety has to trump some of our freedoms. For instance, if I have to get to the airport 30-40 minutes earlier to go through a security check, so be it. If that means I’ll feel somewhat safer getting on that plane, it was worth the hassle.

Tory Montgomery, Cedar Lake: Freedom. This country was founded on freedom but we’ve allowed that to slowly erode over the years. The government wants to have more and more control over our lives and we just sit by and let it happen as we continue to vote the same politicians back into office. What’s next after they take away everyone’s guns?

Becca Gouwens, Crown Point: My grandchildren will never have the kind of freedom I had as a child. Summer nights, it might have been dark before my sisters and I made it home from playing outside. That kind of freedom is not possible today. Where kids are concerned, ask me what’s more important — safety or freedom — and I’ll tell you safety, without a doubt. That’s the world we live in now.

Pat Cappel, Schererville: That’s a tough question. Americans have always been so protective of their constitutional rights but the world has changed. Look at the marathon bomber or the school shooters. Any one of them could have been the kid living next door. The face of a terrorist can look just like yours or mine. Sometimes, laws and procedures have to be interpreted in light of the times. Should it be that way? No, but things have gotten so crazy, it’s hard to argue definitively for some of the freedoms we’ve enjoyed in the past.

Mitzi Willard, Miller: We all want to feel secure but that comes with a price. I don’t like the fact there are security cameras all over the place today — inside and outside. But, if the police shows on TV are right, they sure help catch the bad guys.



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