The Record-Review – The official newspaper of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York


May 6, 2011

Death of Bin Laden brings a nation catharsis

As we move toward the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy, we realize how raw and fresh the memories are to all of us. The killing of Osama Bin Laden by Navy Seals over the weekend brings our nation a mixed and powerful sense of relief, revenge, even redemption. It is a mission accomplished, long deferred.

While it will never bring back the lives of the thousands killed in the tragedy, Bin Laden’s death helps to remove the specter of darkness that has been haunting us since. A mastermind, a lunatic, voice of the extreme, of hatred and destruction — his viciousness and his lack of regard for mankind has been unparalleled for generations.

Our area was hard hit by the attacks, with the loss of Bedford’s Thomas Burke, 38; William Minardi, 46; George Morrell, 47; Richard Lynch, 30, of Bedford Hills; and South Salem’s Tatiana Ryjova, 36, and Peter C. Alderman, 25, of Pound Ridge.

For some, tragedy has turned to outreach, as in the case of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation. Peter’s name survives in the foundation created by his parents, whose mission is to heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and mass violence around the world. We are impressed by Ms. Alderman’s comment this week that for families of 9/11 victims, closure is never truly possible.

Other families have honored victims by charitable works and observances.

As we read the accounts of the hunt for Bin Laden and the history of his terror, we are reminded that Al Qaeda’s reach stretched well beyond ground zero: the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993; the attack on the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia; the killing of American soldiers in Somalia; the American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and countless other plots, executed or planned. Bin Laden’s network was global, his victims of every race and creed.

“I just don’t think the world is ever going to be the same after today,” said Bedford Hills resident George Sarris immediately after 9/11, in this newspaper. “I don’t see how we are going to recover from this for a long, long time — maybe ever.”

The operative word is recovery — be it a day, a month, a year or a decade, even more. The cheers “U.S.A., U.S.A.” are satisfying, but as we all know, the fight is not over.

Clean team

Just about anywhere you looked over the weekend, volunteers were ready and eager, holding plastic bags, gardening shears, rakes and other accoutrements of the cleanup trade. The weekend — crowned by Bedford’s Chowder & Marching Club Spring Cleanup Days and Tag Sale — brought together members of the community in a civic-minding morning dedicated to sprucing up for the spring. Along with the Chowder & Marching Club — ably assisted by the DPW at the Bedford Highway Yard dropoff — there was the Katonah Village Improvement Society’s cleanup in Katonah and the Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association’s efforts in Bedford Hills.

We caught the spring fever by joining the Bedford Riding Lanes Association cleanup crew working in Bedford Hills. The job, we hope, will not only bring about cleaner, safer trails for riders but afforded us a unique perspective into the magical world of the rider — all but hidden from many of us bipeds.

Wherever you picked up litter, scratched your rake or planted your bulbs, congratulations on a job well done!


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