April 19, 2014
9/11 compensation cannot replace those who died; BHS War Memorial a reminder of lives lost in war PDF Print E-mail

It is 9-11 time again, remembering the terrorist attack of the planes piloted by Muslims,  into the New York City twin World Trade Center buildings. There were 2,880 killed and thousands of others who were injured that day.  Much rebuilding has taken place since then, including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum on part of the Trade Center grounds.
I try to avoid controversial subjects, but must say I am disgusted with the American Atheist organization. They have a lawsuit against the 9/11 Museum claiming that the World Trade Center cross is a mingling “of church and state.” The cross, which consists of two intersecting steel beams found in the rubble at Ground Zero was placed in the 9/11 Memorial Museum on a recent weekend.
A Jewish deputy fire chief, Roy James, of Trenton, N.J., salvaged two beams from Ground Zero on his own and created another cross. He wants to erect it in a public park in Trenton, and again, the President of the American Atheist organization has written him threatening a lawsuit if the cross is erected.  
Mr. James said, “I believe it is history and has someone’s story behind that. That story needs to be told. It has nothing to do with religious faith; it has something to do with history.” The beam he found has little crosses the men welded into it, one for each fireman they found as they worked in the rubble.
To me, it was an act of war when the planes hit the Trade Center on 9/11. The Robin Hood organization’s business is to save lives and lift people in New York City out of poverty. Within two months of the tragedy, every single family of a 9/11 casualty, received a $5,000 check in their mailbox with no questions asked.
The government has given $7 billion, an average of $1.8 million payout to the surviving families. There were many law suits. The presiding judge immediately put a 15% cap on lawyers, stating that each case should be the same. The mediator who helped resolve 72 cases said the settlement amounts were influenced by factors such as the earning power of the deceased, family income and family situations so there weren’t two settlements to one family.
A family could take what the government offered or they could sue for more. There were a few who lost their lives whose salaries were $280,000 or better, so their expected life earnings would be much more than the $1.8 million average. Those families were asking for additional compensation, often over $5 million.
In receiving compensation, you were required to sign a disclaimer to never sue an airline or airport for not having proper security. Also, compensation remained confidential. In the three unsolved court cases, the plaintiffs are seeking to have it made public as part of any settlement they receive.
I do hope there will be a nice crowd at Beardstown High School at 2 p.m. on 9/11, when the war memorial for all of the B.H.S. students who lost their lives in war is dedicated. It is such a wonderful project. I wish I could be there.
Those being remembered gave their life, but their surviving families never received $1.8 million in compensation as have those of 9/11 victims. Many veterans have wondered, “What is the difference?”
Our president wants to bomb Syria because he believes dictator Bashar Assad used poison gas.  IF and WHEN one of our cities is bombed or poisoned with gas, will the government contribute to those surviving families?