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IQ: What, me worry?

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Editor's note: One interview was removed from this story on April 26, 2011.

The recent spate of thwarted terrorist acts against the West has put terrorism back in the news and on people's minds. Most locals don't seem particularly concerned, though.

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Russ Baker
Patty Jewett

Retired

How worried does the spike in attempted terrorist acts make you? I stick pretty close to home. There's little threat locally.

Are we giving enough attention to the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban? We need to get serious, increase our manpower and kick butt.

Who'll ultimately prevail, us or the terrorists? We lost in Vietnam. I don't want to see that repeated.

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Kevin Leonardo
Pleasant Valley

Event manager, U.S. Figure Skating

Do recent near-miss terrorism attempts worry you? I'm from New York. I knew several people who died in 9/11, including a buddy I went to college with, so I think about these things, especially when I fly.

Are we giving enough attention to the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban? We did at the beginning, but it wasn't as well thought-out as it could have been. It needs to remain a focus, though.

What's at the root of terrorist animosity toward us? We always seem to be involved in everyone else's business. Sometimes that's viewed as help, sometimes as a threat.

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Greg Wheeler
Amarillo, Texas

Radio professional

Are we giving sufficient attention to the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban? You can only worry so much. Most people are burnt out. It might take another jolt like 9/11 to wake us up.

What's fueling terrorist animosity? We treat women as equals, and we have a Declaration of Independence that doesn't bow down to any one God.

Who'll ultimately prevail, us or the terrorists? If I were a cynic, I'd say the terrorists, but I think we're a little more on the side of the right.

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