You could hear the deep breath, the pause before a conversational plunge. On the phone were Monica Gabrielle and Kristen Breitweiser. Their husbands died at the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attack. This week, a new effort to find remains from the site uncovered 39 pieces of what appeared to be human bones. That was the yield from the first three days of work in a process that is expected to go on for at least two months.
I can understand the extreme sadness that the families of the 9/11 victims must feel. Maybe I am not normal, but how does having a bone or a small fracture of their deceased love one help with closure?
The incompetence surounding the recovery of remains at Ground Zero is staggering to me.
It is overshadowed, however, by the scandal surrounding the number of people who are receiving disability payments because they assert chronic illness as a result of working at the site. Too bad we don´t have investigative journalists in NY. . .
#4, the nation may be wrung dry of sympathy for these two particular professional widows, Gabrielle and Breitweiser.
And there were a two more, who together with Breitweiser called themselves "the Jersey girls." This little group made a spectacle of themselves, getting all glammed and dolled up and getting their faces on tv. They were very political -- and guess in what direction?
Chris Matthews loved to have "the Jersey girls" as guest panelists, especially Breitweiser, over whom he openly drooled.
I for one however am not wrung dry of sympathy for all the families who lost loved ones on 9/11. Many never sought the spotlight, or tried to gain financially off the deaths of their husbands like the "Jersey girls" did. If my husband or son or daughter had died in the WTC on 9/11, yes, I´d want whatever little fragments were left.
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