The United States together with its allies has begun military operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan and against Osama bin Laden's terror network in a bid to take the legs out from under a world of terrorism.
A difficult time lies ahead for the country, as can be expected in times of war, and this is one of those times. It may be difficult to accept that fact and face the reality of what occurred Sept. 11, but we must.
We also must continue to be patient. Here in the Imperial Valley we have seen long lines at the ports of entry as federal inspectors check vehicles much more closely to protect public safety. That is going to continue, probably for a long time.
People in the Imperial Valley have been patient and we urge people to continue to do so as sacrifice becomes the norm.