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The bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September
11, 2001 is bringing the best out of most people, and the worst out of
others. The rescue workers, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice, inspire
me. Democrats and Republicans are getting along with one another, setting
aside their partisan bickering to do the Nation's work. I've followed politics
for years, and I've never seen anything like it.
The other day I heard a lawyer on one of the morning talk shows talk
about how his firm is working pro bono to file the forms to help the victims'
families get their death certificates. I was amazed at his generosity.
Not only are they not charging for their services, but they've set aside
their paying clients to work for free.
All I can say is, may God bless these generous people, and God bless
But the tragedy is also bringing the worst out of other people.
Bogus charities are surfacing trying to scam people out of their money.
They are making door-to-door appeals, sending spam email messages, and
calling people over the phone asking donors to give to the relief effort.
They promise that the money will help the widows and orphans of the
tragedy, but they don't deliver on their promises. They line their own
pockets with the money. Not only does the money not go where they say,
but they are keeping legitimate charities from getting the money they need
Shame on these con artists who gave their word, but didn't back it up
with action. The victims of the bombing, need action, not empty words.
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