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Overreaction to terrorism

The Spokesman-Review

Repeatedly, I hear our former Vice President Cheney promoting what I consider an exaggerated fear of terrorism. So I searched the Internet to find out just what the terrorists have done worldwide.

Yes, the Sept. 11, 2001, attack was about the most serious I could find. Then, comparing the less than 3,000 that were killed in that attack with other casualties, I found that routinely the U.S. had over 40,000 people being killed yearly on the roads of this country. That, by simple division, equates monthly to more than were killed in the Sept. 11 attack in 2001.

Yes, we are applying safety measures on the roads of this country, but in the process we are not destroying the free and open society given us by our Constitution. What Cheney and the Bush administration were or are advocating in my mind would destroy the freedom and openness given us by our Constitution, which we have had, and has served us well, for over 200 years.

John R. Gaines



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