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BE PART OF 9/11 ANNIVERSARY SECTION

The shock has faded to some extent, but the memory still lives. The tragic events that transpired on Sept. 11, 2001, will live with all of us forever.

ThE TRAGEDY was a turning point for America and Americans. It changed the way we view the world, ourselves and our security. It has resulted in tightened security in everything we do, everywhere we go, and has caused us to reflect on what freedom means.

What has 9/11 meant to you? What were your thoughts last September? How has your life changed? What are your thoughts about 9/11 today?

THE OBSERVER will publish a special section this Sept. 11 to mark the one-year anniversary of America's worst homeland tragedy. The goal isn't to relive the events of last Sept. 11, but to recognize how far we've come since that terrible day.

What would make the section more special than simply a rehashing of the events of that day would be local people sharing their thoughts, their feelings, their emotions about 9/11.

PLEASE, TAKE SOME time over the next couple of weeks and reflect on what 9/11 has meant to you and yours. If you are so inclined, write down those feelings and send them in. We will try to include as many as possible.

Please have your submissions to us by 5 p.m. on Sept. 4. Try to keep them at 500 words or less. The more submissions we have, the better the section will be. Help us make this section truly special and very local.

WHITSITT WIZARDRY

Blazers President Bob Whitsitt's wizardry never ceases to amaze. A couple of years ago he signed Shawn Kemp to one of the largest contracts in the NBA. The player and contract went bust — to the point that the Blazers last week bought out $20 million of Kemp's remaining $45 million contract. What a deal for a useless player!

Whitsitt, in typical wizard style, put a spin on Kemp's downfall as if it were unexpected. He thanked the multi-million-dollar, non-producing player for having the maturity to recognize he wasn't worth $20 million a year.

THE BLAZERS' FAITHFUL — if there are any — shouldn't be fooled by Whitsitt's spin. The problem with the Blazers isn't Kemp. It's Whitsitt and the owner who refuses to see that "Trader Bob'' destroys everything he touches. Not only has Whitsitt worked his magic on the Blazers, he's done a similarly despicable job as president of the Seattle Seahawks. Everybody but Whitsitt knew Kemp was done when the Blazers signed him.

As long as Whitsitt is in charge of Paul Allen's sports franchises, Allen's legacy in the Northwest will be several ugly buildings and a football stadium with a view. It won't be sports dynasties.

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