Reactions to the attack on America
Air Canada president Robert Milton should be ashamed. He is not willing to take a pay cut of his more than a million dollar annual salary, when at least three Air Canada workers have already said that they would be willing to not be paid for a year to save Air Canada. As an investor in Air Canada, I am having serious doubts about Mr. Milton's management. Aren't Canadians supposed to be the compassionate ones?
It's all rather simple in terms of stopping another plane smashing into a building. A taxi driver is protected by a bulletproof glass partition, yet a pilot isn't, so change the door.
Osama bin Laden isn't just a street corner thug; he's a billionaire terrorist. His strength isn't in his money -his followers are the real problem. Everyone knows he has terrorist cells all over the world. So our weapons should be faced inward, not thousands of miles away.
Edward (Ted) Walker, Oakville
The hypocrisy of some "Christian" Americans disgusts me. While they cry and pray "God bless America" and that God "protects them against evil", they are also praying for vengeance. They should not forget that Christ never preached vengeance. - Christ said "Pray for your enemies."
Greg Smith's letter (Sept, 25) said that "the United States is the most benevolent country ever to exist on the face of this earth." This is exactly the kind of self-righteous attitude that the world dislikes of Americans. During his government, former U.S. President George Bush was a very "good friend" of the non-democratic dictators of Saudi Arabia because the United States was interested in the oil the Arabs sell. It's very interesting how now, the United States claims to deal only with democratic countries. Are Americans democratic when it's convenient to them?
Still on our minds, never to be forgotten. Our tears and thoughts are with all American Citizens. To all who have lost family members or friends our hearts feel deeply for you. Our prayers are with you.
Diane Porteous and family, Edmonton
Those who want greater police powers and ultra-tight security for the sake of safety should be prepared never to speak their minds again. They should be prepared to see their friends and families arrested. To never feel safe again. It's happened before in times like this, it can happen again.
It is, in part, the United States' foreign policies that brought on the attacks. Why wasn't Canada attacked, too? Because we don't have those same policies. If we change our policies to be more like those of the United States, we are only further opening ourselves up to attack, not preventing it as many people seem to think.
I have to wonder what the airlines and airports are doing with all those confiscated items. Nail clippers, nail files, small eyeglass screwdrivers? Look for an "airport sale" in a city near you.
I am a young Canadian who would like to raise concern of the G8. I recently spent my summer working in Alberta where they will have the G8 Summit. Is there still going to be a meeting next year? Or if it is put off, will it still be in Kananaskis, and will terrorists try to destroy the land there? Protesters will be the last thing on the security's list because I know there will be many silent protesters and if there is violence it will definitely not go unpunished.
I believe the government is still dragging its feet on security at the border. My son just crossed the border at Sarnia last evening, and he was the only vehicle there. Customs asked where he was from, did he have any contraband, where was he going and then told him to have a nice trip. Wow, talk about tough security, eh?
While we are so graciously donating money and blood to Sept. 11 relief
efforts, does anyone realize or care that our paranoia and inaction are causing thousands to lose their means to support themselves and their families? You say you are afraid to fly now?
I am sick of Canadians who attack U.S. President George W. Bush, his words, his decisions. I only wish that we had a Prime Minister with even half of Mr. Bush's values and determination.
Deborah, New Brunswick