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Warning of certain terror, the government has instituted various measures over the past four years in the name of homeland security. Should we be worried about attacks on our personal liberties? See the cover story beginning on page 14.
click to enlarge Catrina Greene -  - Boulder -  - Food service -  - How much safer do you feel since 9/11? Not as - safe as I did before. Just knowing that something like - that could happen in our country is pretty unnerving. -  - What are your feelings about the Patriot Act? - I'm not exactly sure of what it is. I haven't really heard of - it. -  - What about having to carry a national ID card? - I think that's a good idea, actually. It's just like having to - carry around an identification card, so a national - identification card would let you know that a person is - clear and you could feel safe around them. -  - What color code alert is the United States at right - now? I don't know, maybe yellow, since it's - September.
  • Catrina Greene

    Boulder

    Food service

    How much safer do you feel since 9/11? Not as safe as I did before. Just knowing that something like that could happen in our country is pretty unnerving.

    What are your feelings about the Patriot Act? I'm not exactly sure of what it is. I haven't really heard of it.

    What about having to carry a national ID card? I think that's a good idea, actually. It's just like having to carry around an identification card, so a national identification card would let you know that a person is clear and you could feel safe around them.

    What color code alert is the United States at right now? I don't know, maybe yellow, since it's September.

click to enlarge Brandon Geer -  - East Platte -  - Palmer High School student -  - How much safer do you feel since 9/11? I feel - a little safer with the security precautions that the - government has put on. -  - What are your feelings about the Patriot Act? I - agree with some of it. But I would rather have my - freedom over safety, probably. -  - What about having to carry a national ID card? - I think that would be OK. It wouldn't make me feel much - safer, but I wouldn't mind it.
  • Brandon Geer

    East Platte

    Palmer High School student

    How much safer do you feel since 9/11? I feel a little safer with the security precautions that the government has put on.

    What are your feelings about the Patriot Act? I agree with some of it. But I would rather have my freedom over safety, probably.

    What about having to carry a national ID card? I think that would be OK. It wouldn't make me feel much safer, but I wouldn't mind it.

click to enlarge Wallace Erickson -  - West side -  - Millwright -  - How much safer do you feel since 9/11? About - the same. Security's a little better at airports. Going to - work's more of hassle. I work at power plants, so when - you go in there, you have to go through a security check - and a background check. -  - What are your feelings on the Patriot Act? It's a - joke. It's supposed to be designed for more security so - you can't blow up stuff like [terrorists] did. Sometimes - it's good to have a little sacrifice to get a little more - safety, though. -  - What about having to carry a national ID card? - I carry a passport around all the time, anyway. It's not - much different. It's just another number for me.
  • Wallace Erickson

    West side

    Millwright

    How much safer do you feel since 9/11? About the same. Security's a little better at airports. Going to work's more of hassle. I work at power plants, so when you go in there, you have to go through a security check and a background check.

    What are your feelings on the Patriot Act? It's a joke. It's supposed to be designed for more security so you can't blow up stuff like [terrorists] did. Sometimes it's good to have a little sacrifice to get a little more safety, though.

    What about having to carry a national ID card? I carry a passport around all the time, anyway. It's not much different. It's just another number for me.

click to enlarge Joan Powers -  - Crystal Park -  - Educational consultant -  - How much safer do you feel since 9/11? I - didn't feel unsafe after 9/11. I didn't feel like in Colorado - Springs, or in a small town, that you were in danger. -  - What are your feelings on the Patriot Act? It's - absurd that that's even on the table, that anything that - would cut into our rights is even being considered. My - understanding is, it could do anything from follow what - you read in the library to where you go on your - computer, all those kinds of tracking things. It doesn't - make me feel any safer. -  - What about having to carry a national ID card? - I don't think I'd be for it. It wouldn't make me feel safer. - It would just be another tracking thing, and I don't want - to be tracked. -  - What color code alert is the United States at right - now? I have no idea. That whole thing never - seemed to relate to reality.
  • Joan Powers

    Crystal Park

    Educational consultant

    How much safer do you feel since 9/11? I didn't feel unsafe after 9/11. I didn't feel like in Colorado Springs, or in a small town, that you were in danger.

    What are your feelings on the Patriot Act? It's absurd that that's even on the table, that anything that would cut into our rights is even being considered. My understanding is, it could do anything from follow what you read in the library to where you go on your computer, all those kinds of tracking things. It doesn't make me feel any safer.

    What about having to carry a national ID card? I don't think I'd be for it. It wouldn't make me feel safer. It would just be another tracking thing, and I don't want to be tracked.

    What color code alert is the United States at right now? I have no idea. That whole thing never seemed to relate to reality.

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