Month: September 2019

LaBoyteaux 2020–Anniversary of 9/11

Although we are three hours behind Washington D.C., we were already in the field harvesting that morning.  Allison came a bit late and told us of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  The towers had not yet fallen and people were jumping to escape the flames.  Later that day I asked an older man in our community if he could remember Pearl Harbor, “Yes, that is exactly how it feels, it feel just like that”!

I thank Amy Klobachar for the following statement.

As we mark the 18th anniversary of 9/11 today, we remember the 2,977 innocent Americans who died. I will never forget the horror and heartbreak of that day, but I will also never forget the resilience of this country as we recommitted ourselves to the values and freedoms that the terrorists sought — and failed — to dismantle. Americans are strong, and together we can overcome any challenge.

Today is a day to honor the memory of those we lost and to recognize the incredible bravery of our first responders. Let us pay tribute to them by remaining strong, proud and dedicated to the values we share as Americans.

The Supreme Court says the Trump Administration can force refugees from Central America to remain in Mexico while waiting for their claims of amnesty to be processed.  I’ve previously suggested these claims can be made at U.S. Embassies and Consulates but people do not leave their homelands, friends and family without a reason.  They do so in desperation.  While we need a secure boarder, one of my first actions to stem the flow of refugees, would be to work with the leaders of the various Central American nations to improve conditions in those countries.

I would never have selected John Bolton as National Security Advisor in the first place but hope his departure will lessen chances of war with Iran.  I felt we were trying to bait Iran into war with extreme sanctions and those sanctions continue.



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