From: Victoria Clark, East Village
Sent to New York Metro: 10/8/01
Subject: Let the Pundits Talk
The more the dissenters talk, the more informed and questioning
American citizens can become on this new war. Contrary to the party
line, mourning and grief doesn't cancel out the need for true
honest analysis of how this nightmarish new world order came to
be. Otherwise, I am fearful that the attempt to quiet dissenters
is an attempt to keep American citizens focused on superficial symbolism.
And since America has such an intelligent, discerning citizenry,
surely there must be a belief from the distinguished Fourth Estate
and the government that its citizens can separate emotional rhetoric
from reasoned and compassionate opinions. Because if not, what exactly
are we fighting for?
From: Brady Kimball
Sent to New York Metro: 10/7/01
Subject: Biting the Hand That Feeds
We live in a new world now, with new rules and regulations. Everything
we say, do and think about will be affected by the events over the
course of a few hours on September 11. America has been handed the
task of taking a good hard look at ourselves and our previous practices
that may have led up to this extreme act of violence and subsequently
alter our behavior, thoughts, and patterns. Free speech is not one
of the aspects to be changed. However, journalists, artists, politicians,
anyone with a voice in this country should feel a sense of duty
to tap into the collective consciousness of the post-9/11 culture
and strive to unite, not offend the American public. That being
said, it is up to journalists to educate, not assume people know
how to internalize this tragedy. For once, leadership towards a
Brave New World consists of a more thoughtful, retrospective ideology...Americans
everywhere are suddenly realizing we want what W's daddy wanted...a
kinder, gentler Nation.
Freedom of Speech...