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4/16/2013 1:07:00 PM
Editorial: Boston bomb blasts an assault on all Americans

It’s rare when something that happens in a place like Boston on Monday will still be on the minds of so many Saturday in little Cottonwood, Ariz.

But you can bet every runner participating in our own beloved Brian Mickelsen races Saturday will spend time thinking, maybe saying a prayer, about the senseless evil that took place during Monday’s Boston Marathon.

One year ago, local runner Natalia Molina Alvarez was among the 10s of thousands of runners taking part in the tradition known as the grand-daddy of all races. Four Prescott residents were among the thousands competing in the 117th running in Boston Monday; all are members of the Mountain Milers running club from Prescott. They all escaped injury.

It easily could have been one of our own who ran in the path of the two bomb blasts Monday that killed three people and maimed hundreds more. That’s the local impact of terrorism.

Runners, no matter where they are from or even if they know each other personally, are all still part of what’s often described as a “running community.” Monday’s bomb blasts were a direct attack on that community.

And, most importantly, Monday’s explosions were an attack on all Americans. We all share the same grief. We all feel the same sorrow. We all have the same unanswered questions.

All of those feelings and thoughts no doubt will be foremost in our minds this weekend during our own Brian Mickelsen races. This was not just an assault on Boston. It was not just as assault on the runners and bystanders taking in the Boston Marathon.

It was an assault on all of us.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: @ Deja WHAT?

Whoops. I should look things up, shouldn't I?

Sometimes that doesn't help, though. I'm trying to pin down the casualty count on this bombing. The Washington Post had it at 12 killed and around 50 injured, 17 critically...per the authorities at the scene. However, the mayor of Boston announced 3 killed and hundreds injured, as above. Others fall between those extremes.


Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013
Article comment by: Deja WHAT?

I can understand how you might misremember Atlanta as Atlantic City if you're a mapless français, but I don't quite understand "already a French commune all over again."

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Article comment by: Deja vou all over again

More than anything, this reminds me of the 1996 Atlantic City bombing. That was a concert at the Summer Olympics, and there weren't any pressure cookers involved. Everything else is the same. The cameras, the low flying shrapnel, endless clips of people being hurt, the suspect grabbed for no particularly good reason. It's weird.


Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Yes, Silence Dogood...

Hopefully others will also understand it in its appropriate context. But should the knee-jerk attitude so prevalent around here start attacking your patriotism, simply because you're extending your empathy beyond American citizens, please know that at least one person is standing and applauding your heart.

While we feel no less heartbreak and outrage for the victims of Boston's bombing, and all such acts, its important to remember that they are perpetrated against thousands around the world -- yes, year after year. And rationalized in the most perverse ways.

Hear, hear.


Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: One of my friends is still in intensive care

You better believe the Boston Marathon bombings hit close to home for me. One of my friends was there watching his daughter run. He is still in intensive care.

He was standing directly behind his wife near the finish line, and shielded her with his body. She escaped unharmed. He may lose a leg.

But the thing about we Americans is this:

We may feel fear, that's understandable. But we will not allow ourselves to be bullied, intimidated, or blackmailed by cowardly terrorists.

We may get knocked down. But like that 78 year old guy near the finish line, we get right back up again.


Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Article comment by: Silence Dogood

Although the hysteria regarding the Boston bomb is quite understandable, what must it be like to live in Iraq or Afghanistan under a foreign military occupation with this sort of thing happening on a regular basis killing hundreds and hundreds of people every year? Year after year!

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

The Boston bomb blast was cowardly.The person or group responsible will be tracked down.
The lessons we must learn in the future is to
look at the past.The lapse of attacks makes one feel at ease.Be vigilant and train yourself to
notice minute differences in your surroundings.
Out of place trash,packages,backpacks,coolers left abandoned etc.We must live our lives to the
fullest but keep a sharp eye on the small picture.The enemy tries to inflict the most casualties,so when in a crowd look in your sector (100-150ft) around you for routine things that could contain a hazard.Bomb dogs
walking the route might help,someone dropping something and quickly leaving the scene etc.
You are your brother and sisters keepers in
a large crowd.Take it to heart,learn first aid etc.This attack will make us stronger.Tilmans
marathon is coming up and I plan on being there.Freedom is to precious to hide under a bed.We are all in this fight and it's a fight we will win.The reason?Their now fighting the American public.nkjx




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