We heard from many readers in response to our September story “The Maine Connection” about the Portland ticket agent who checked in two of the hijackers on September 11, 2001. These are excerpts from some of the letters we received.
I just read your article on the man at the US Airways counter on 9/11. I felt awful after reading it. He should know the attacks were not his fault. After all, even if he prevented one, the others would have still happened. The people and security who worked that day have nothing to be ashamed of.
Dan Clarke, Rochester, NH
I was particularly touched by Mel Allen’s story about Mike Tuohey and his 9/11 experience. As we mark five years since the attacks, it’s even more poignant to recall where we were on that day and how life has changed for us all.
Bryson Dean<, Somerset, MA
I was in tears when I read this story. The cross Mr. Tuohey has carried ever since that awful day is also being carried by many of us who watched, via TV, what took place in our beloved country.
Peg Kohl, Villa Hills, KY
Please let Mike Tuohey know that only a lesser man (or woman) would blame him for his actions on 9/11. I would personally like to thank him for doing his job for all of us on all the other days. Would that a hug or kind word could resolve his self-degradation, he might be surprised that thousands of us would gladly step forward to do just that.
Jan Marsette, Brandon, VT