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What others say: Get engaged

The Hartford Courant

Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Investigators in haz-mat suits examine the scene of the second bombing on Boylston Street in Boston Tuesday, April 16, 2013 near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a day after two blasts killed three and injured over 170 people.

Elise Amendola, Associated Press

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The following editorial appeared recently in the Hartford Courant:

The Boston Marathon is a rite of spring in New England, one of the great festive days of the year. Many's the time we've gone up early for the Red Sox game and then walked over to Kenmore Square to watch the runners scoot or struggle past. The city is jammed with millions of happy people.

That someone would wreak death on this event stretches the bounds of sick behavior — yet again.

Witnesses inside the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel heard booms that sounded like thunder near the finish line. Crying, bleeding people fled the scene while emergency crews tended to victims. There was blood on the ground near the finish line.

At this writing, three people are dead and more than 140 injured — including some with lost limbs — after two bombs went off near the finish line. The ordnance suggests a possible terrorist attack. Who would do such a thing — and why — is still a mystery.

We don't know if the perpetrators are foreign or domestic, but it is nonetheless hard not to think this country does need a higher level of mental health screening. Just four months after the massacre of 20 children and six educators at a school in our state, it is sad and frustrating to see another senseless attack in a neighboring state, at an event that draws countless Connecticut runners and spectators.

Now is the time to get engaged, as the people for whom Patriots Day is named did, and focus on security, on community and on individual freedom. Enough.

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