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State reacts with sadness, anger and determination against terrorist attacks

Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Comments from around Alaska on Tuesday's terrorism attacks:

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''September 11th will be a terrible day of tragedy, another day of infamy... Everybody feels today more vulnerable than they did yesterday.'' -- Gov. Tony Knowles during a press conference on Tuesday.

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''I would anticipate we're going to get a number of calls about strange behaviors and even threats. We'll be taking that seriously.'' -- Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch on the threat of copycat attacks.

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''I can assure you that the perpetrators of these murders will be rooted out and brought to justice. Terrorism is a reality of modern life and we must be vigilant in our efforts to eliminate these murderers.'' -- Sen. Frank Murkowski, R-Alaska.

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''There is no place for politics on this day. It is vital we stand together to support our country and our President during this most heinous crisis.'' Alaska Democratic Party Chairman Scott Sterling, announcing the closure of state Democratic Party office on Tuesday in honor of the victims.

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''For me, this shows the need for a response that is not retaliatory, that is global and spiritual and nonviolent.'' -- Deborah Marshall, Juneau resident attending a memorial service at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

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''We should have public executions for terrorists on national TV to say, 'This is what happens to terrorists.''' -- Gary Bowen, 53, a commercial fisherman from Juneau.

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''I just grabbed my first cup of coffee, heard the news and wondered 'Am I really awake?''' -- Juneau resident Brian Pringle on learning the news that planes struck the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

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''We're assessing security concerns.'' -- Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Brad Wilson on when the oil terminal at Port Valdez could be expected to reopen. It was closed Tuesday in response to the attacks.

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''If we say what's going on, that could let the enemy know what's going on.'' -- Maj. John Kennedy, chief of public affairs for the Air Force's 3rd Wing fighter group at Elmendorf Air Force base.

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