John Beauchamp, former Army specialist
The events of Sept. 11 really hurt our economy. It took us until 2004 before we could get the economy rolling again. On top of that, two wars came out of the terrorist attacks, which was pretty bad.
We lost a lot of good boys, not just during the attacks, but another 6,000 and another 66,000 wounded in the wars.
I also think the government and the media made our people scared with the alerts. The increase in security was a good thing, but every morning you would wake up and see a red alert level, or an orange alert level.
It kept people worried and scared about what was going to happen from one minute to the next. They should have just let people go to work and do their jobs.