- The Washington Times - Monday, October 1, 2001

LINTHICUM, Md. Five governors and D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams flew to New York City yesterday to go shopping, have dinner and see a Broadway show, but they had more than a good time in mind.
They said they want to send a message to the American people that it is OK to have fun, it is safe to fly and it is time to return to their normal lives.
For lunch they went to the legendary Carnegie Deli, where Mr. Williams ate "the best tuna" he's ever had, he said. Speaking to the Associated Press from the deli, Mr. Williams sounded positively like a tourist, singing New York's praises.
"The American people want revenge on the terrorists. One way to get even with the terrorists is to resume our lives, show them we are not afraid," Tennessee Gov. Don Sundquist said before boarding an American Airlines flight at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Other governors making the trip were Parris N. Glendening of Maryland, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Paul E. Patton of Kentucky and Ronnie Musgrove of Mississippi. Mr. Glendening, Mr. Patton and Mr. Musgrove are Democrats; Mr. Sundquist and Mr. Huckabee are Republicans.
Mr. Patton was accompanied by his wife, Judi, and 11-year-old granddaughter, Paige, who was looking forward to seeing "The Lion King" last night.
"This is sort of a granddaughter trip. Any shopping will be for Paige," Mr. Patton said.
None of the governors expressed any concern about flying or traveling to New York and Washington.
The Pattons had flown from Lexington to Pittsburgh to BWI before leaving for New York, and Mr. Patton said he "really never gave it a second thought."
Judi Patton, confiding that "I'm not a good flier to start with," said the first two legs of the trip were uneventful. She looked calm and unworried as she prepared to board another plane for the flight to New York City.
Mr. Glendening, whose staff set up the trip, said the idea originated during conference calls among governors last week on how to deal with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
All are concerned about the effect on the economy, especially the travel industry, he said.
"We are still in a psychological funk," Mr. Glendening said. "People are not flying, not staying in hotels.
"We are still having people talking about canceling conventions in December. That makes no sense at all," he said.
The governors did not plan to visit the World Trade Center site in New York, but scheduled a visit to a firehouse that lost 12 firefighters in the collapse of the center's twin towers.
"My father was a firefighter. That was his career," Mr. Huckabee said. "This afternoon is going to be special for me."
Mr. Huckabee said Americans should not overreact or feel personally threatened to any great degree by the potential of future attacks.
People should realize they are more likely to be hit by lightning or killed in a tornado than to be caught in a terrorist attack, Mr. Huckabee said.
The governors and Mr. Williams went through normal checkout procedures showing photo identification, answering routine questions about their luggage and going through a security checkpoint before heading down the concourse to catch the flight.
After a day in New York and an appearance this morning on NBC's "Today" show, the governors plan to fly back to BWI and then drive to Washington.
They will visit the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History, which is featuring an exhibit on the restoration of the flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner," visit the Pentagon and have lunch with Mr. Williams.

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