This year is election year in New York City. More on this over the coming weeks. One of the more delicate issues in the air here at the moment is a museum, known as the International Freedom Center, to be built on the site of the World Trade Center.
The centre's main purpose will be to preserve the memory of what happened on 11 September 2001, but it will also deal with wider issues of 'freedom' around the world. And there's the rub. Some of the families of the victims of 9/11 fear the centre will be used to promote 'anti-American' themes, instead of concentrating exclusively with the heroes of 2001. These families and their allies are opposing the scheme, and have received some support from New York State Governor George Pataki (a Republican who is not up for re-election this year).
On the other side of the debate stands much of the city's cultural establishment, and, indeed, many other families of victims. Their argument is that the centre must belong to everyone, and not just to some victims' families.
Any final decision will be painful. And it is very difficult to go against the views of the families who have suffered (remember the banning of hand guns in the UK after Dunblane? - who was ready to criticise the views of the bereaved?). But I hope that the New York authorities will stand firm, and ensure that the Freedom Center is the rich and thought-provoking museum that Ground Zero deserves.