I am saddened, hurt, angry, at the loss of life - again. I do not know the family nor dare I imagine their actual burden of grief, but when a young girl in Seaview takes her own life, the loss touches me deeply, touches us all. All this past week, I felt my own sadness and grieving. I thought of two women, the one lost in pain in Seaview, the other living in public service in Washington D.C.

Our National Security Adviser, Condoleeza Rice has risen to the occasion of the latest, most remarkable terrorist threat warning of spectacular attacks, massive casualties and maximum emotional harm. She announced, the day after this young woman was lost to us at Ilwaco High School, that steps were being taken to protect our "critical infrastructure," the railroads, the power plants, the communications net, from the threat.

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