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Voice: How dare Schwarz point fingers after such a tragedy?

September 19, 2001

I am writing in response to a letter that appeared in your paper on Sept. 12 by Don Schwarz of Stoughton, Mass.

In this time of national and world crisis, yes, world crisis, the acts of deliberate and premeditated terrorism against the United States not only affects us, the United States, but the rest of the world as well.

How dare you point a finger of guilt at anyone, whether left-wing, right-wing or whatever his or her beliefs may or may not be. Who appointed you judge, jury and executioner?

Do you not understand that at a time like this, we should all be united and stand as the mighty force that we are. Several quotes come to mind, "United we stand, divided we fall," and "There is strength in numbers."

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It really angers me when a self-righteous, know-nothing dares to make assumptions. You, my friend, have the audacity to assume that Barbra (not Barbara) Streisand, Alec Baldwin and others in Hollywood are "happy about what happened." I ask you again "How dare you?" Do you know what people say when we "ASSUME" something?

As for the cheap shot you took at the Democratic Party, of which I am a proud member, you went one step too far, and took another cheap shot by insinuating members of former President Clinton's administration were on the side of terrorists and terrorism. How could you?

"Shame sits upon your brow!" Are you some kind of mind-reader or clairvoyant? I think not, or else you would not have stuck your foot in your mouth for all of the Imperial Valley to see read.

I did not vote for Mr. Bush last November, but I have come to accept the fact he is our commander-in-chief for the next three and one half years. We as the most powerful nation in the world must stand behind him 110 percent. We will get through this tragedy together. If we are divided we are lost. It's as simple as that.

I have gained a new respect and admiration for President Bush during this crisis. He has shown fortitude, tenacity, a flair for leadership, inner strength, composure and an ability to evaluate and think things out calmly and rationally under tremendous pressure. I hope and pray that God will guide him and help him get this great country of ours back on the road to recovery.

I too, experienced what most Americans did Sept. 11. Shock, disbelief, denial, a sense of violation, resentment, hate and a desperate need to see those responsible for this atrocity against humanity to be brought to justice by undaunting force.

I say "No mercy for them," just as they showed no mercy for all those innocent people who died. I know this for a fact. Nothing will ever be the same ever again.

I ask you, Mr. Schwarz, are you still so ready and willing to point fingers and make quick assumptions? I truly hope not. We should be united not divided.

My heart goes out to the families and friends of those who perished. Those blatant acts were committed against each of us. We will overcome this, as we are already overcoming this tragedy. This will not bring America to her knees.

I would like to close by saying, "God bless the U.S.A."

MARGOT A. ALCANTAR

Brawley

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