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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Freedom can come at a price

  • In many ways, the events which unfolded in Boston on Monday are not surprising.
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  • In many ways, the events which unfolded in Boston on Monday are not surprising.
    It's sad to say, but the modern world seems to be full of people who want to do harm to others.
    That does not take away from the tragedy that occurred at the Boston Marathon. People lost their lives and others were maimed for life.
    Some experts say they have been surprised more acts like this haven't taken place since the September fateful day in 2001 when this country was attacked.
    In America, we gather as large groups all of the time. Whether it is sporting events or concerts or political rallies, we tend to gather and be in unison.
    The other factor which has to be considered is that we are a free country. That means our borders, though guarded, are open.
    All of that makes us vulnerable.
    There is no 100 percent guarantee in this country that we can be safe all of the time. It is just the nature of our society.
    Since Sept. 11, there's no doubt that security concerns have risen in this country. An entire Department of Homeland Security was formed following the terrorist attacks.
    We have watched as airport security has been tightened and as government buildings now have metal detectors and law enforcement officers present.
    In many ways, those measures could make the larger targets more difficult for those wanting to cause harm to others.
    Some experts speculate events like a marathon are easier to target because they are less secure, though security is certainly present.
    This could have been a factor in the events of Monday but it is simply too early to speculate.
    Page 2 of 3 - In fact, speculation seems to be something everyone wants to do yet there is very little basis in fact in most of that speculation.
    As police were searching bags which were left on the ground on Monday, people were running around saying there were "bombs all over Boston."
    That simply was overreaction and unnecessary.
    Yet in today's world of Twitter and Facebook, rumor mongering is the norm instead of the exception.
    What must happen is that law enforcement officials have the time to sort out everything they know and then solve the crime.
    That's one of the most frustrating parts of law enforcement. Acts like the bombing take place in an instant and then sometimes it takes a very long time to sort out all of the details and come up with the answers.
    But again, that is our system in a free society. People are innocent until proven guilty and we have to respect that no matter how difficult it can be at times.
    It is extremely frustrating to watch as innocent people are murdered and injured. But there is very little else we can do.
    It may sometimes seem like we pay dearly for living in a free society, however, where else would you want to be?
    All of our hearts and thoughts go out to the people in Boston who suffered as a result of this cowardly act. There is no rational explanation for tragedies like this, but the fact is they do happen in our country and around the world.
    The world today has changed. That is without question.
    But we still do live in a great country where freedom comes first and that's the end of the discussion.
    Sometimes, that freedom also comes with a heavy price.
    Page 3 of 3 - That was the case Monday in Boston.
    But we will endure.
     

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