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Times' readers offer opinions

Monday, September 17, 2007

For the second consecutive week, more than 200 readers voted at The Brazil Times online poll.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, a total of 204 readers voted on the Times' recent website poll, "Do you think we are safer now six years after Sept. 11?"

The voters had four options to choose from regarding the poll, including:

* Absolutely, we are much safer,

* Yes we are safer, but more needs to be done,

* Not really. Not enough has been done to make the country safe, and

* No, we are not safer six years later.

Of the 204 voters, 17 (8.3 percent) said we are safer while 64 (31.4 percent) said we are safer, but more needs to be done.

A total of 53 readers (26 percent), however, believe that not enough has been done to make the country safer and 70 voters (34.3 percent) believe the country is not safer six years after Sept. 11, 2001.

In addition to voting on the website poll, readers that are registered users of the site have the opportunity to leave comments.

A total of seven comments were made regarding the latest poll.

Of the comments, one reader said "By poking the hornets' nest of Iraq, we are far less safe than we were before," while another reader stated "There will always be those who try to terrorize and there will always be ways and loopholes to do it. There is no way to plan for all scenarios or to know that everything that has been planned for will not fail. The only safer I feel is just from being more aware now than I was six years ago."

The poll is typically tied to another new feature on The Brazil Times' website, the On The Street feature.

Times' staffers will ask residents a question each week and their response and picture will appear on the website.

The latest On The Street feature was also about Sept. 11.

Of the four responders to the question, Brazil resident Kathy Eldridge stated "I can't say I feel safer, cant' say I don't. I'm not really worried. My son was in Iraq and he did two tours over there. I worry that he'll have to go back."



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