Remember Sept. 10, not just Sept. 11

Much of the nation this week is focused on remembering Sept. 11, 2001 — where people were, what they were doing and how the day changed things.

I'd like to focus on Sept. 10, instead.

The way a nation acts before a crisis can teach us as much as the way it acts after.

Sept. 10 was a sunny day in the mid-80s at Salt Lake International Airport, where passengers and non-traveling friends alike made quick trips through metal detectors and down to the gates. But my intent here isn't just to conjure nostalgic images.

If you turned on a cable news station that day, you were bound to hear endless chatter about one of two things — Gary Condit or shark attacks.

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