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From AJR,   July/August 2001

Cliché Corner   

By Lori Robertson
Lori Robertson (, a former AJR managing editor, is a senior contributing writer for the magazine.      

"There are many people--friends and families of those whose lives were lost in Oklahoma City--who hope to gain emotional closure from this."
Dayton Daily News

"And today, months later, that is the message Mozelle Hamm has for the Oklahoma City bombing survivors and victim relatives who were to watch Timothy McVeigh's execution: Remember, closure is for doors."
Christian Science Monitor

"Does this help you in terms of healing emotionally from the loss of your father? Does it help in closure ?"

"Less than 24 hours before the execution of convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh, Tampa residents and visitors said his death would begin to provide closure to the nation."
Tampa Tribune

"For some, the memorial brought more questions than closure ."
Los Angeles Times

"In Oklahoma City, relatives of the bombing victims hope witnessing McVeigh's execution will grant them a sense of relief or closure ."
CBS News

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