1999-12-25 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

Today we celebrate the last Christmas of the millennium. And while we share in the most joyous and spiritual season with out families and loved ones, we are also forced to contemplate some of the consequences of this collective milestone.

For the first time in our nation's history we are faced with the real possible threat of terrorism on our soil. Throughout our history we've enjoyed as insulated security. Terrorism was something that happened over "there"--until the unthinkable happened and the terroristic acts of the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings purged our innocence.

Although we enjoy robust economy and have much to celebrate and be thankful for, it seems inconceivable that we are faced to consider the possibility of terrorism. And while New York, to many, is the center of the universe, it is also the grandest stage upon which terrorists could attempt to capture the world's attention to their cause.

Security advisors caution that the best bet is to stay away from heavily populated and, therefore, obvious target areas such as Time Square, the Grand Central and Penn stations, the World Trade and Empire State buildings, bridges, tunnels, and if at all possible, try not to fly. With the recent arrests in Washington state, and in Sacramento, California, the threat of terrorism has already penetrated our boarders.

Although I hold dear to the notion that we are still the land of the free and home of the brave, we live in a global society now--and common sense should prevail.

Have a safe and joyous holiday!


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