A Letter to Our Readers 


The media are especially good at talking, especially in a crisis. Broadcasters ramble while awaiting new information. Columnists express opinions, while trying to reflect or affect the opinions of their readers. Reporters file millions of words of reportage, analysis, discussion.

Sometimes, though, all that talk is too much. Sometimes the media filter gets in the way of what we feel and think and say.

For this special issue, Style's writers, photographers and editors chose to turn much of the magazine's pages over to the people of Richmond.

The people in these pages vary widely — in age, in race, in economic circumstance. But every one of them was stunned by what happened in New York and in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. Each was affected; each reacted. Each tells a story of that day.

The ways they acted and how they responded to the violence of terrorism also varied. Some thought of family. Some thought of escaping. Many thought of helping.

As we join in mourning and await the next steps in what may be a new era of violence, some serious questions are arising.

One of the many Richmonders who spoke to Style about that day, firefighter Bill McCarthy, put it this way: "You start thinking, What would I do?... How far are you willing to go?"

If these stories are any indication, the reassuring answer is: far enough.


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