Anxiety Attack

There's a Whole Lot of News, But Not Much Information. Nervous?

Have you made any changes to your holiday plans because of the war on terrorism? No. I'm more concerned about National Guardsmen at the airport. A reporter who was taking video of the soldiers at the gates had his tape confiscated. They made him erase it while they watched. They're overreacting.


imageRENEE DEWEESE
Age 18
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

How scared are you about current events? I'm not anxious. I love it here. My family back home in San Francisco are more nervous than I am. I would say that I'm more aware of things than I was before, but I am going ahead and living my life.

Are you afraid to fly? No. I flew here a week before the World Trade Center attacks, and my parents came to visit a few weeks after. They said they'd never felt safer on a plane. I guess now is the time to fly, when security is so high.

Have you made any changes to your holiday plans because of the war on terrorism? No. I'll stay here for Thanksgiving, but fly home for Christmas. I can't let myself be scared. My school says, "Stay focused and positive."


imageJOSE MORALES
Age 42
Resides Bronx
Occupation Supervisor

How scared are you about current events? I'm more upset and angry than I am nervous. We have all this information but nothing specific about what's going to happen and when, or who is going to do it. On September 11, I called in sick and was watching TV when the second plane hit. I thought the first one was an accident; after the second one, I knew it was terrorism. All I felt was anger and I wanted to go outside and take it out on anybody who looked Muslim. Then I thought that would make me no better than the people who did this. What did they gain by doing this? All these people died and for what? I understand what people are saying about Israel, but send out flyers, talk to us, educate us. What you've done is so violent it makes no sense.

Are you afraid to fly? No, not at all. I do think that screeners should be federal employees. Why let somebody who has a record, and who isn't getting paid enough to care what goes through, check luggage?

Have you made any changes to your holiday plans because of the war on terrorism? No. I'm going to keep my holidays going. I'll just be a little more vigilant.


imageJOHN MURPHY
Age 20
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

How scared are you about current events?I'm actually not very nervous. What I've experienced is a broken sense of false security. The event itself was shocking, but a day or two later I thought that considering the way the U.S. treats other countries, it wasn't a surprise. September 11 was the date when somebody finally chose to lash out at the United States. Security after the 1993 bombing was high, and then it lapsed. I don't know why they weren't guarding the towers all the time. I think the government knows more about the September 11 attacks than they're saying.

Are you afraid to fly?I don't fly that much anyway, so it's not a big issue.

Have you made any changes to your holiday plans because of the war on terrorism?I'm a bus person. When the holidays roll around, I'll be going home to Boston by bus.


imageGARY WHITE
Age 19
Resides Bronx
Occupation Salesman

How scared are you about current events?Not very. They're going after Corporate America, not Black America. I think Bush has good intentions, although I also think the anthrax is coming from the government. They made Osama bin Laden. I am nervous about people-bombs, about people blowing themselves up in buses or in crowded public places.

Are you afraid to fly?I've never flown before. I was going to fly to California for a meeting but it got cancelled. When it's your time to go, you go. You check in, you gotta check out. God doesn't care if you pay your bill.

Have you made any changes to your holiday plans because of the war on terrorism?I'm a Muslim. A lot of wars have been fought during Ramadan so the thought of our fighting next month doesn't bother me.

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