Yellow Bird: Worries have changed in U.S. capitol
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"As the world wrangles over how to solve the Iraq problem, it occurs to me that all the world leaders and their staff who are meeting on war issues, routinely travel to likely terrorism targets. But they seem safe and unconcerned about flying or taking a subway in New York or Washington, D.C. I wondered if that means I should be reassured about flying to Washington in May and being there for a week. I think of Washington as a bulls-eye for terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks.

. . .

While I was there, I believe the big worry was being mugged on the street or getting stuck on the Beltway in 100-degree temperatures. That was enough to make me want to live in North Dakota.

My friends say they wouldn't move from Washington. Like many people in big cities, they seem to take things in stride, the way we take subzero weather and blinding snowstorms in stride.

It will be a new experience for me to travel to Washington in the spring, but meeting my friends again should reassure me. Seeing people in the nation's capital taking things in stride and not letting fear overcome them will be a good example for me."

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DORREEN YELLOW BIRD COLUMN: Psyching up for a trip to Washington, D.C. (The Grand Forks Herald 2/25)

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