The most offensive quotes found in Mary Sanchez's commentary of Aug. 27 are in the opening and closing paragraphs.
To suggest that "the nation will soon get its fill of recounting the harrowing events of that day" and close with "Let's close the book on 9/11. ... And let's move on" reflects two of the most callous statements that I have ever read.
Having witnessed the global outpouring of warmth and compassionate sentiments during my volunteer efforts at St. Paul's Chapel at ground zero, any credibility or legitimacy to Sanchez's comments on immigration legislation appear opportunistic, at best, when framed between these two quotes.
Righteous indignation in the face of an anniversary worthy of respectful remembrance and honorable reflection suggests that we should all open our hearts and our respective "good books" of peace and reconciliation as one nation of many backgrounds.
The terrorist attempts on Sept. 11, 2001, sought to change us from within. This anniversary, let's continue to prove to all of the world that they can't.
Editor's note: The writer is a regular visitor and recent vacationer on Hilton Head Island.