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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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911: New Books Relive a Day of Heat and Dust

Nancy Sundstrom - March 21st, 2002
Throughout the course of the most amazing and trying times in our country‘s history, particularly over the past 100 years, photographs have been used to help us understand what has happened around or to us. With its ability to provide a thousand words through an image, these pictures have provided a silent form of communication and sometimes healing to those who use them to put a human face on events the mind can‘t quite seem to comprehend.
Since we have just passed the six month anniversary of September 11, we seem, as a collective nation and individually, more ready to deal with the realities of that grim tragedy by seeking to understand it through pictures - be they in the recent documentary aired by CBS, or in two new coffee table books that emerge as a testament to those who lost their lives, those who fought to save them, and those who are attempting to rebuild from the ashes.

September 11: A Testimony by Reuters
Reuters has the largest news agency network in the world, and has long been recognized as one of the leading providers of text, video news, and news photos. By utilizing the services of some 2,500 journalists, photographers, and cameramen from all over the world, Reuters captures breaking stories and images on a daily basis, just as they did on September 11 and in its aftermath.
This book uses more than 135 photographs with accompanying text, and all of its royalties will be donated to disaster relief through both the AIDFund and AIDFund to America organizations. AIDFund, established by Reuters Foundation, provides immediate funding to help charities and relief organizations around the globe respond rapidly in times of disaster. AIDFund for America responds specifically to the human loss and suffering in the United States following the events of September 11. All donations to both charities go to disaster relief, with nothing spent on administration.
The book is a collection of some of the best-known (at this point) and most dramatic images of September 11. “The guiding principle in assembling these images was one of documenting scenes of endurance and resolve. Finding the pictures that capture courage and fortitude in the heat and dust,“ says the book‘s jacket, and the claim seems to bear true.
It opens with the hijacked planes slamming into the two World Trade Center towers, documents the destruction at the Pentagon and in Philadelphia, and then quickly moves into what is the heart of the book - how the heroic workers struggled against impossible odds to save lives and avert more destruction, the faces of grief, and the stunned reactions of the rest of the country.
There is not an image contained here that is nothing less than powerful, be it a firefighter calling for more rescue workers to burrow into the rubble, workers cutting through steel as they clear the WTC site, a three-year-old at a candlelight vigil, mourners adding to the sidewalk memorial outside a New York City firehouse, commuters leaving Times Square passing posters of people missing after the attacks, or a police officer gazing into the waters off lower Manhattan as he travels on a ferry with the smoke of the damage still wafting through the air behind him. Interestingly enough, all photos of President Bush feature him with the same blank expression. The only real complaint here is that the well-written, succinct text on the accompanying page of each picture could definitely be larger, and by using such a small font, it seems to be curiously designed to be downplayed and less significant than the photo, which should not be the case.

Brotherhood by Frank McCourt, Rudolph Giuliani, and Thomas Von Essen
On September 11, 343 New York City firefighters died in the inferno and ashes of the World Trade Center. This oversized volume is a tribute to the men and women whose dedication as a firefighter was never more greatly tested than on that day where so many sacrificed their lives in an attempt to save others and emerged as heroes for all time.
Organized by American Express and Ogilvy & Mather, with much of the printing and binding done at cost, the profits of this homage are going to the New York Firefighters 911 Relief Fund.
More than 50 of New York‘s most renown photographers, including the likes of Albert Watson, Mary Ellen Mark, Mark Seliger, Christian Wittkin, and Mark Borthwick, contributed to the volume, keeping their focus on the engines, ladders, tools, firehouses, and units that were all under siege. There are black and white and full-color photographs of all sizes, and written in silver across the bottom of each page and on the end pages are the names, division, and battalion of each firefighter who perished.
One of the most memorable features of this impressive book is the first-rate text provided by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Frank McCourt, the acclaimed writer of “Angela‘s Ashes“ and “‘Tis,“ the former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, whose leadership played a pivotal role in the unification and healing of New York, and Fire Chief Thomas Von Essen, whose eloquent prologue about why firefighters have always been heroes is deeply touching. Their reflections are placed at the start and pave the way for the photographs, which speak for themselves with no captions.
The images capture grief and heartbreak, determination and pain, strength and exhaustion, as well as the many different facets and expressions of gratitude from a public wanting to recognize the efforts of the firefighters. All the way around, this is a class act with its subtle, yet extremely effective messages about firefighters - from the belief that they demonstrate the “purest example of love that we have in our society“ to how their inspiration will make a better society for the future. If you‘ve ever wondered how to define a hero, look no further than these pages.

 
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