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by Kim Tiefenthaler
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As Platte County residents and people across the United States tried to settle back into their normal daily routines on Monday, many were faced with the inner struggle of the mind, emotions and spirit of last Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Ever since Sept. 11, United States citizens have been devastated by the unthinkable acts of terrorism that struck inside the nation's borders, leaving a lead footprint of the attack imbedded in everyone's mind.

On Sunday, President George W. Bush urged Americans to try to get back to a normal routine by heading back to work and school on Monday.

With President Bush's reassurance that the people who caused this tragic event "would hear all of us soon," children, parents and government officials returned to work on Monday with the strong American will that surfaced in everyone last Tuesday.

"I feel we need to take it a day at a time," said Betty Knight, presiding commissioner of Platte County, on Monday. "Today's especially good for us because we got back to work.

"There are people out there who are trying to destroy the way we live," said Knight. "When we know that threat is there, it's going to change our life and the way we look at and handle situations. As much as possible we need to get back to normal but with safety in mind."

Mike Barnes, postmaster in Platte City, said the United States Post Office has seen a slowdown in mail due to last week's tragic events, but is working to provide the "neither rain, sleet nor snow" motto of the postal service.

"The United States Postal Service is designed to provide postal service, and we're still doing that," stated Barnes. "We're taking our role seriously and how important it is at this time in our country."

To deal with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to ban all flights transporting mail until further notice, Barnes said the postal service has added more ground transportation to expedite the mail as soon as possible.

Besides adding more ground transportation in their efforts to provide quality postal service, they are updating their website twice a day to inform people of expected delays in mail across the United States. The website address for the postal service is:

As the postal service rises to its obligation during this strike on the U.S., children of the Platte County R-3 School District aided in the effort by raising money to send to the relief effort in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Siegrist Elementary School raised $909.76 on Friday to be sent to the Red Cross, with the other schools collecting throughout the rest of the week.

Rick Hunt, a seventh grader at Platte City Middle School, summed up the attack with words many people have thought over the past week.

"The people that did this are cowards. Why kill people just because other people don't believe in the same thing as others?" stated Hunt. "People are losing too much for what others believe in."

Hunt continued, "This is the greatest thing we can do. We're helping people right others wrongs."