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A return to normalcy in Clarence will have to wait

I drove to Clarence Center Sunday for the first time since the plane crash. I'm not sure why.

There was no way I would have gone when the investigation into the crash was still going on or when parts of the plane were still there, but a part of me just felt the need to see the site.

After I read "A Time to Die," Tom Wicker's incredible insider account of the Attica Prison uprising in 1971, I drove from my house in Batavia to the prison just to look at it. As Nancy Smyth told me Monday, doing things like this make the event "real" and easier to comprehend.

Although mine is a fairly typical reaction to this type of catastrophic event, it's completely understandable that the town does not want people driving down Long Street. But officials also know a time will come when that will happen.

How long should the street remain closed? And when it reopens, should the town allow a memorial there? Or should something be done to continue to protect residents from being constantly reminded of the tragedy of Flight 3407?

--- Bruce Andriatch

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