Volume 20, Number 42 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | October 13 - 19, 2010
Letters to the Editor
Partner not credited
To the Editor,
A major partner was not credited in Aline Reynolds’ article “Chinatown school targets language barriers.” New York City Mission Society is the Community Based Organization partner at Emma Lazarus High School that works jointly with school personnel from the recruitment stage through the admission and orientation phases. Many staff members quoted in the article are New York City Mission Society personnel who work hard and in partnership with the school’s principal and teachers to create the caring and supportive relationships needed to make sure that the needs of these students are met. We do this through our involvement in after-school programs, academic advisement, career and college counseling, job shadowing and work experiences and parent engagement. New York City Mission Society has been changing lives since 1812 and our mission is to provide sustainable programs and services so that these young people of promise achieve personal growth and a greater degree of self-sufficiency.
Respectfully, Stephanie Palmer
It started before 9/11
To the Editor,
On October 12, 2000, 11 months before the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole was refueling at a port in Yemen when a motorboat approached and suicide bombers detonated 1,000 pounds of explosives. The blast killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors, while blowing a hole forty feet wide in the side of the ship. The attack was attributed to a cell within the al Qaeda network.
When we talk about the twin mission of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to commemorate and educate, we often say that the events of 9/11 are part of an ongoing story, one that began well before that day and that continues to shape our world well beyond it. Like the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people in New York City, the USS Cole bombing was an attack by al Qaeda terrorists on the United States—an event that preceded September 11, 2001, and is critical to understanding the questions that arose after that day.
Ten years ago today, 17 U.S. sailors were killed far from home. Their parents had sent their sons and daughters off to protect our country and the values that make it great. They might have expected a letter or a call home that day, but instead they were met with the news that their brave children had become casualties of a heinous terrorist attack. On this anniversary, we remember the families of those killed aboard the USS Cole ten years ago.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum will honor the 2,982 people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Today, please join us as we remember that 9/11 and 1993 exist in the context of other dates like October 12, 2000. By honoring the memories of those murdered by terrorists, we reaffirm our determination to prevail against hate.
Sincerely, Joe Daniels
President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum