What has truly been lacking since 2001 is candor and a commitment to the truth fed by science and justice, not histrionics. It's time for the dust to finally be cleared from the air and to see the truth for what it is.
Wouldn't religious tolerance and acceptance be a far greater legacy for Ground Zero than one that perpetuates the kind of wholesale hatred and intolerance that was at the root of the very attacks themselves?
The fact that other mosque-construction projects across the country have also encountered similar opposition points to something more to than just outrage over the proposed mosque's proximity to ground zero.
The Gulf Coast's endangered wetlands are a long way from Manhattan, but a courtroom here on Pearl Street can provide invaluable lessons for handling the disaster that could save endless amounts of time, money, and anguish.