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What was worse Kennedy Assasination or 9/11?


The Sept. 11th attack galvanized the country. True, many of our fellow Americans lost their lives with a single attack, but the loss of life doesn't really bother us, else we would be more adamant about using seatbelts. Between 40,000 and 50,000 people are killed each year on our highways and we only have about a 65% compliance rate for seatbelt use. If we were to raise that to 85%, we would save 5,000 more lives every year. So, in terms of the number of lives lost, non-use of seatbelts is a greater tragedy than the 9/11 attacks.

However, the Kennedy Assasination was a true tragedy. This was a man that had a vision. He inspired people to things they hadn't ever thought of before him. He started the Peace Corps, pointed us to the moon, and inspired us to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." He infused our nation with energy. His optimism was contagious. His death diminished us all, and we all profoundly felt it. Like a blow to the solar plexus.

Rock Chalk, y'all,

Dr. J. Hawk
(In Mr. Bottomers science class when the principal came in to announce the event.)
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