I agree with Nicole Gelinas ("World Trade Sellouts," Opinion, May 18).
I'd love to see a newer, more modern World Trade Center rise like a phoenix from Ground Zero.
I'd like to propose the ideal tenant for the uppermost floors of the rebuilt Twin Towers: the United Nations.
Placing the United Nations there would align their interests with ours and guarantee that they place their focus on safety and security.
The proposed Freedom Tower does not represent freedom.
It represents our captivity to our fears and a maudlin reluctance to move on.
Put the Twin Towers back up.
Bravo to Gelinas for supporting reconstruction of the World Trade Center.
As one of the original tenants of 2 World Trade Center, I can attest they were great buildings.
We can certainly refine and update the original plans - as the proposals Gelinas mentioned do. But we must restore the silhouette of the city and restore America's pride.
The current plan is a pathetic shadow of the original Twin Towers' bold skyline statement.
If Gov. Pataki really wants a memorial to cement his legacy, he should stand behind reconstructing the Twin Towers.
We have wasted three years. Let's start building.
Palm Beach, Fla.
As a New Yorker and a witness to the destruction of the World Trade Center, I find it incredible that Pataki is being allowed to move forward with Libeskind's pathetic Freedom Tower.
How can we build something called the "Freedom Tower" and have half of the structure be a skeletal shell? Is that how New York City and America define freedom?
We don't need a memorial to fear.
More people than not want the Twin Towers back.
It's long past time that Pataki listen to the public.
I'm on the New Jersey Turnpike every day, and I'm just as angry now as I was on Sept. 12, 2001, when I see the skyline.
Terrorists took down the Twin Towers for a variety of reasons - one of them being symbolism.
Anything going up at Ground Zero other than the two towers that once stood there would be playing right into the terrorists' hands.
Rebuild power, freedom and capitalism and show them that every time we get knocked down, we'll get right back up.
An empty, pointy and downright ugly structure - like the Libeskind design - would be meaningless.
It would be better for the site to remain empty than for us to build anything other than the Twin Towers.
The Libeskind design is a failure that does not do justice to the heroes who died on 9/11.
As someone who worked in the World Trade Center, I believe that a similar design, arranged so that the original footprints are left as a memorial, would be a much more powerful design.
No one I worked with in the World Trade Center would want to give terrorists the pleasure of seeing 40 empty stories.
I would like to see the skyline restored, with the message that Americans - especially New Yorkers - are stronger and more committed than ever to freedom.
I agree with Gelinas. The current plan for the World Trade Center site does not reflect the desires of a majority of New Yorkers.
At numerous LMDC public comment sessions, more speakers called for rebuilding the Twin Towers than supported the Libeskind plan.
Despite this, no restoration alternative was presented to the public during any of these comment sessions.
During 2002, six preliminary design concepts were unveiled to universal disdain, and nine subsequent designs were announced later in the year.
During this process, policy makers consistently ignored the idea of rebuilding the Twin Towers.
The exercise of rebuilding at Ground Zero should not be viewed as some abstract exercise in urban planning.
Rather, it is a response to an act of mass murder and urban vandalism on an unprecedented scale.
The Libeskind death pit and the memorial circus must go.
We don't want a cemetery. We want the World Trade Center rebuilt.