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Voice: Time for payback and sky marshals

September 13, 2001

As most all Americans are, I am completely outraged by the devastating terrorist attacks on Tuesday in New York City and the nation's capital.

I believe that we as a nation should not have to consult or form any coalitions with anyone else when our response comes due.

We were attacked in a cowardly way. We will respond with effective and devastating force when the time comes. I hope that our leadership sees this and does not waste time trying to get other nations' approval in our retaliation.

In a related note, I feel this series of tragedies may have been prevented if had a federal sky marshal been on each plane. During the skyjacking heyday of the 1970s, there were armed undercover federal agents on board many flights in order to prevent incidents like today's from happening.

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It is strange that after watching the news all day, the media has failed to mention this fact — one that will be critical in assuring the public safety if we are to prevent horrible attacks like this one from ever happening again.

DAVID C. DE LA GARZA

El Centro

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