'RETALIATE LIKE YOU CAN'T BELIEVE'

September 11, 2001 11:00 pm
Ray Connolly ().
Ray Connolly ().

By Gary Fletcher

Observer Staff Writer

ENTERPRISE Reactions here to Tuesdays East Coast strategies ranged from disbelief to shock, sorrow and outrage.

Some here had recently watched the movie Pearl Harbor.

Now we know how the people back then felt, said Margaret Kelsay, a dispatcher, but they did not have television. They must have had to wait for days to find out about their loved ones.

Im surprised at this happening at D.C. in this day and age, said Wallowa County brand inspector Steve Prince of Wallowa. Maybe our security is not quite what it should be.

Another person suggested that pilots should be locked in the cockpit.

Enterprise Superintendent Bill Eggers stomach was upset all day. He said that young students were not being encouraged to view television reports. High school students gathered around television sets in classrooms that had them.

Downtown across from the courthouse was a teary-eyed Ray Connolly, a veteran of two U.S. Marine Corps hitches during World War II and the Korean War. Retaliate like you cant believe if the perpetrators are identified, he said.

We all remember where we were and what we were doing the day President Kennedy was assassinated, said teacher Mike Baird. All these students will likewise always remember where they were and what they were doing on this day.

Quite glum, is how librarian Vickie Coggins described students who packed the library to watch TV.

Among them was Bairds daughter, Caitlin, 15, who described the days events as real scary and sad.

In her class were Tim Gilbert and Tiffany Courtney, both 16.

It blows my mind, Gilbert said. It was an eerie feeling.

I dont see what would possess somebody to commit such acts of meanness toward the United States.

They knew what they were doing, he said. They were definitely not stupid. Those two buildings must have cost billions and billions of dollars.

The people were the greatest loss, said Courtney.

Their concern turned to people they knew with loved ones in the east. They mentioned a Joseph girl at college in New York, an Enterprise graduate in the armed forces and a fellow students stepmother who is a flight attendant that sometimes flies from Boston to Los Angeles.

Ashley Andersons brother, Rob, Gilbert said, is in the Peace Corps in Armenia, bordering Iran.

Andersons mother, Nancy Ingram, is the Pioneer Bank manager, where people gathered in the lobby to follow events on television.

She said she was able to contact her son. Her son and wife, Bridget, and other Peace Corps workers in the Middle East had been instructed not to travel and to remain where they could be contacted in case of an evacuation.

A fellow Peace Corps worker could not contact his family in America. He was concerned, because they often fly.

Ingram called them and reported back, to his relief, that none of them were flying Tuesday.

Ashley Anderson discussed with classmates that their grandparents had to tell them about Pearl Harbor. Their parents told them about the Viet Nam War, and now this generation would tell their children about the day the World Trade Center towers came down.