A forum for Princeton residents to express opinions about local and national issues
Question of the Week: In your opinion, how has the nation changed since September 11, 2001?
"The mood has become more hateful, more paranoid, less reasonable. I think the civic virtues have become impaired in this country. The measures that have been taken both internationally and domestically - and that have quite a bit of support - are over the top in both cases. The security measures are over the top. The atmosphere is over the top. The international policy ... in my opinion, is driven by the desire to assert the power of the United States, because the perception is that that power has been lessened or compromised."
- Jakub Novak, Faculty Road
"I think the nation is more paranoid and also a little more aware what other countries have dealt with for a long time ... having [their] inalienable freedom jeopardized. At this point, you do question your freedom and risk of attack, which is something we nice little comfortable Americans never really had to think about before."
Karen Keusch, Sayre Drive
"September 11 had nothing to do with Iraq, but we used that as a pretext for getting into war. Why we did that God and President Bush alone know. There has definitely been an impact for the worse on civil liberties and people traveling abroad. Apart from that, it's pretty much the same as it was."
James Boyle, Westcott Road
"I think people are using 9-11 as an excuse for failing to do some things that they should be doing. I'm very unhappy about John Ashcroft and his outrageous treatment of people's rights. This is the United States of America. It's very important to value every single person no matter where they were born or when or what color they are. I've read about more than one case of people being put in jail and kept from seeing their families for months just because they were Muslim. It makes me furious."
Doris Peskin, Walnut Lane