Mr. Mulkey's letter (Juneau Empire, Sept. 15), in which he reports that 16 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted against a House resolution to honor the victims of 9/11, set me to researching why this might have happened. On Sept. 9, the same day that House Resolution 757 was passed, Dennis Kucinich issued a press release in which he expressed his sense of sorrow at the losses of 9/11. Kucinich says, "We as a nation must never forget 9/11. And, on the third anniversary of the tragic attack it is right that we honor those who lost their life on that horrific day."
In addition, he explains his vote on H.R. 757: "The problem with the resolution passed today in the House is not the language that seeks to remember the victims and honor the heroes; it is that House leadership used the resolution to, once again, assert facts that have already been debunked. The legislation asserts that there is a link between 9/11 and Iraq." Kucinich then quotes from the 9/11 Commission report concerning the lack of credible evidence to support such a connection. I'm just guessing here, but perhaps those who voted against the resolution felt that the victims and heroes of 9/11 were better honored by a resolution based on proven facts rather than unproven assertions.