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As you read this, i hope our world will have resumed somesemblance of normalcy after the horror of September 11, though Iexpect a true return to normal is years off. But as I write this,the events are still fresh in my mind. So fresh, I need to speak tothem here.

First let me address the issue of our October cover lines. Someof you, in light of what happened, were offended by our words. Itis easy to take words out of context and apply different meaningsto them. Our issue was devoted to defending your business. We arecertainly not proponents of violence. What surprised me were theletters that acknowledged our issue was likely produced before thetragic events (it very definitely was) and still expected us tochange what was obviously beyond our control. Most of the letterwriters understood. A few did not. And while we felt awful thateven one of our readers was upset by this, there was nothing wecould do about it. Which is exactly how many of us feel aboutwhat's going on today.

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