95.1 F
College Station
Monday, September 20, 2021

A 9/11 Story: How It Changed Us, What We’ve Learned

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

Firemen work around the World Trade Center after both towers collapsed in New York City, September 11, 2001. (Reuters) Life must be lived while it is with us. And we are beaten only when we allow ourselves to be beaten.

One bright, sunny, seemingly perfect Tuesday morning in September, everything changed. The thing about the world changing is, though, it doesn’t stay changed.


I was there on September 11, but mercifully, not quite there — as I wrote when this was all fresh and raw, I worked in Tower One (the north tower, the first to be hit), and I would normally have been at my desk at 8:48 a.m., but voting in the Bloomberg vs. Badillo mayoral primary, as well as my son’s first day of pre-K, delayed me. It was the first day of school for some New York schools that day. One wonders how many others were delayed by school, or by voting, or by being up too late the night before watching the Giants on Monday Night Football. In my case, it meant that I was standing on the street corner by the Chambers Street subway stop when the second plane hit the south tower.

I was just shy of my 30th birthday then, a young lawyer five years into my career. Our offices were halfway up the building; I’d worked on the 58th and 54th floors. There was time for people in my office to evacuate, but my law firm had one fatality, an older woman who had to stop to get oxygen on the long walk down the stairs. None of the firemen working the oxygen stations made it out. Some of my colleagues saw horrifying things, such as the fireballs that shot down the elevator shafts and out into the lobby. It could have been much worse. My firm had gone through a merger in May 2001, and the plan in a few months was to close the Midtown office of the firm we merged with and move the lawyers remaining there to one of the floors near

Continue reading on National Review

More articles

- Advertisement -

State News

Beto O’Rourke Reportedly Considering Bid for Texas Governor

The liberal former El Paso congressman who challenged Ted Cruz for a Senate seat in 2018 could be back for round two in a...

Exclusive Interview: Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Chad West Says City Isn’t Defunding Police

Councilmember Chad West says his amendment requiring a committee hearing before releasing additional funds to police overtime is fiscally responsible, not defunding. He also...

Martin: Fort Worth School Officials Tied to ‘Racial Equity’ Vendors

Critical race theory was proven to be a big expense in Fort Worth Independent School District when Texas Scorecard exposed in July that district...

Former State Sen. Pete Flores Announces for Senate in a Different District

Monday, former State Sen. Pete Flores announced he will seek election to the Texas Senate again. This time, however, the campaign will be for...

Dickson: Impact Becomes 35th City in Texas to Outlaw Abortion

A city that received its start as a sanctuary for the sale of liquor is now a sanctuary for unborn children. Impact (population 48),...

Continue reading on National Review