Denver site posts compassion

As a way to reach out to people in New York and at the Pentagon who have been affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Denver is offering a way for employees, residents and others to post messages of condolence on the city's Web site.

"You can only watch so much TV and cry so much over dinner," said Steve Hansen, marketing director with the city's Office of Television and Internet Services. He said city workers "wanted to touch people" as a staff, but also sensed that residents of Denver and elsewhere wanted people back East to know they're "in our thoughts and prayers."

He said about 50 messages had been posted on the site since Sept. 13, including some from Hansen's relatives in Norway. People can write to webmaster@ci.denver.co.us, and messages are screened before being posted.

He said some city staff members are trying to contact the governments in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Arlington County, Va., so that they can link their sites to the posted messages at www.denvergov.org.

"More than just having a place for people to post messages, we also felt it was incumbent to get the link of this page to people back East," he said.

In addition, Denver staffers are trying to contact tenants of the demolished World Trade Center, which was struck by two commercial planes commandeered by terrorists Sept. 11, to let them know about the posted messages.

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