To the editor:

On Sept. 11, 2001 at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.

As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767 — United Airlines Flight 175 — appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center and sliced into the south tower near the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.

A society that harms the just and innocent, and causes pain and suffering to people is wrong. All human beings should be educated to bring forth their extraordinary skills and abilities for the freedom, peace, love and welfare for all.

No one has the right to take away a precious life of another human being. With whomever I meet, I will always put my whole life into that encounter, thinking that I may never meet that person again.

Fran Smith

New Milford