Remembering 9/11: Six years later, how have we changed?

SANDUSKY In the six years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the biggest change many people say they'
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

In the six years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the biggest change many people say they've noticed is the heightened security -- which may be good or bad, depending on whom you ask.

Keith Chadrick, 26, of Sandusky, said he thinks the tighter security is mostly a good thing.

"We do check things more strictly ... I think there is a little bit of paranoia," Chadrick said.

People think it could happen again, which it could happen again," he said. "I don't like to fly any more just because you never know what's going to happen and the security is too strict, I think, on liquids."

Matthew Jaynes, 22, a Cedar Point employee, said the heightened security since the terrorist attacks has led to a lack of trust in America.

"America has changed in a very big way. Things have gone very, very far downhill. Nobody trusts each other. Everybody wants to find chemical weapons," he said.

Other people have noticed changes in national pride since 9/11.

Brian George, 29, of Vermilion, said he was encouraged by the patriotic surge after 9/11, but worries that it has decreased since then.

"I hope that unification and patriotism isn't waning in the past few years," he said. "And it's pretty bad that an event such as that really brought people together."

Sean Duffy, 42, of Sandusky, said he's noticed more people have become patriotic, but would like to see more support for the president too.

"I think over the past five years, we've gotten really behind the enthusiasm for the patriotism," Duffy said. "When you sit there and think about people are backing the veterans, they're backing America, but they're not backing the president. I think the decision should be made to back the president whether you agree with or disagree with."

The six-year anniversary of 9/11 is also keeping the country's current war on people's minds.

"That was six years ago now, and it seems as if it were yesterday when it happened. It's been six years and we still haven't gotten the right people that did it in my opinion," George said.

Rick Russaw, 26, echoed George's concern.

"Somebody just needs to find Osama."