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IQ: One year later 

The carnage and senseless taking of life remain vivid in our minds, but we've had a year to reflect on the broader implications. We evoke freedom, but are we becoming less free in the name of Homeland Security? We evoke democracy, but are we using military might to dictate world events?

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Pete Hokinson
Manitou Springs
High-school teacher

What's the best way to commemorate 9-11? Take a long, hard look at the effect it's still having on people's lives and keep reminding ourselves that it happened for reasons we aren't facing up to.

Where were you when you heard about the attacks? I was living in Australia at the time. Neighbors called to tell us what was happening and we remained glued to the television for four-and-a-half hours.

Has 9-11 changed your view of American foreign policy? I realize the more I read that a lot of sins are coming back to haunt us -- things like supporting questionable regimes because they're aligned to American geopolitical interests and replacing elected leaders we don't like with ones more in line with American corporate needs.

Has 9-11 changed your view of American foreign policy? I realize the more I read that a lot of sins are coming back to haunt us -- things like supporting questionable regimes because they're aligned to American geopolitical interests and replacing elected leaders we don't like with ones more in line with American corporate needs.

Has it changed your thinking on domestic policy? Thinking seems more black-and-white now. People confronted with events of this magnitude need answers, and black-and-white is a tempting way to go. But events and issues are a lot more complicated than that.

How many America flags did you buy over the past year? We have one, and it's only been flown once -- in Australia last year on Memorial Day. Even a lot of Australians flew the American flag that day.

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Robin Boutilier
Manitou Springs
Horticulturist

How has 9-11 and its aftereffects altered your view of America foreign policy? It's made me reflect more on how we're viewed in the world. We're not always seen as the benign, fatherly people we like to view ourselves as being.

Has the year since 9-11 changed your position on America domestic policy? More and more, I'm questioning our policies toward privacy. I'm more circumspect about the country I live in. I take a lot less for granted.

How many flags have you bought in the past year? Absolutely none. Flag-waving has degenerated into unreflective self-congratulation.

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Leo Tanguay

Belfast, Maine
Teen-age behavior specialist

What's the best way to commemorate 9-11? Take a day off from business-as-usual consumerism for silent reflection about what's truly valuable in life.

Has 9-11 changed the way you think about America's role in the world? It's heightened my awareness of how little responsibility we feel and how little sense we have of the interconnections of everything. We like to think that 9-11 happened out of the clear blue, and it didn't.

How many American flags did you buy over the past year? Zero.

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