Two of our recent articles generated thoughtful comments posted online at and worth sharing with our print audience.

Edward Lazarus’s 9/11 memoir, a first person account of the final minutes of the World Trade Center published in the September 7 issue, brought back some painful memories. One person who read it online posted the following comment:

“We did not lose any family members or friends on 9/11. A co-worker lost her son and daughter-in-law. My niece’s ex-husband was working at Goldman Sachs across from the World Trade Center and saw the buildings get hit. Despite not losing anyone close, I have found over the years, after the initial onslaught of news, that I just have not been able to read anything or watch anything about that date. I do try to spend time on 9/11 listening to the reading to the names of those lost, but I have no desire to go to the site. I find it too painful.

“Every year, on 9/11 I think of the woman from our area who returned to work from maternity leave on that date and think of her child who never got to know her.

“For some reason, I felt compelled to read your article. I’m very glad I did. Reading of your ordeal gave me some closure. You may never know why you were spared, but I’m sure your family is very grateful.

“Not long after 9/11, I spoke to a woman who had a friend who was having a terrible time dealing with survivor’s guilt. That morning he was expecting a visitor to his office. Normally his secretary would have gone down to the lobby and escorted the visitor back. She was almost nine months pregnant so he went instead. He was in the lobby when the plane hit. He survived. She did not. He survived due to an act of kindness.

“Thank you for sharing your story.”

Richard K. Rein’s September 14 column, in which he described the emotional lift that Maine-Endwell’s world champion Little League team brought to that upstate New York community, was noted by Beverly Kestenis of Terhune Road in Princeton. She posted the following comment online:

“Each week I look forward to and enjoy your articles in U.S. 1, but this week was memorable. I grew up in Johnson City and for two years taught in the Maine Endwell School District. Your piece was a fine explanation of what the area was and is now. Somehow you caught the essence of its past pride and the outstanding people it produced.

“Endicott Johnson not only did much for its employees, including free health care, but the community benefited from its parks.

“Your previous article about the Binghamton Press also brought back fond memories of Tom Cawley’s column. I started reading him at an early age and continued through adulthood. Thank you again for these very pleasant trips down memory lane.”

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