Heroes are people who put their lives in peril in order to save others. We pause this weekend to remember the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, along with all who perished.

The heroes include the fire and rescue personnel who entered the burning, falling twin towers in New York City. Many never made it out. They include people working in those towers who helped others escape. They include passengers and crew from the United Airlines flight that was headed toward a Washington, D.C., target. They rushed a cockpit door, knowing they would die in the effort.

The heroes include those men and women of our armed forces who were sent to Afghanistan in search of the 9-11 masterminds and who dealt with dark caves, roadside IEDs, and suicide bombers. Some died. Some were crippled or maimed.

We are supposed to be able to learn from our mistakes. In the days after 9-11, America felt united and committed to our country and its protection. While that feeling seems distant today, we shouldn’t despair.

Twenty years after Pearl Harbor, America was deeply divided. A close presidential election had just ended. The decade would plunge us into bitter disputes over foreign wars, race, and domestic culture. We recovered, went to the moon, and made revolutionary molecular discoveries that are unraveling disease.

Let’s hope that the future can be that bright, God willing.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Some public positions once carried the title of PIO, for Press Information Officer. We get it that times change and job duties change with them. But we were still startled to read that the title for the job at the state Department of Corrections is now the director of “communications, market…

Friday, September 17, 2021

It’s too bad that Mr. “Nobody” from Keene has made that his legal name. If Joyce Craig of Manchester had it, the Tuesday mayoral contest could offer voters the choice of Rich Girard, Victoria Sullivan, or Nobody.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

No one spoke more eloquently or passionately on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks than did former President George W. Bush at the Shanksville, Pa., memorial service. These are excerpts from his remarks. -Editors

Sunday, September 12, 2021

We hold no brief for Manchester resident Joshua Fields, a convicted felon who is considered by a judge to be a danger to the public. But that judge, Landya McCafferty of the U.S. District Court, still saw fit to grant the man early release from prison.

Heroes are people who put their lives in peril in order to save others. We pause this weekend to remember the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, along with all who perished.

Friday, September 10, 2021