By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Apr 26, 2013, 03:16 PM EDT
As of this writing, one of the two suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 170 is dead and the second is in police custody. The shock from the event itself has subsided.
That should be a better, less visceral, time to assess what happened and what it means for our future.
Amid the dozens of issues being debated and discussed, two stand out to me: One group of opinion makers says the marathon will never be the same again. Others say it will be.
I’m sad to side with the first group.
That does not mean I think the marathon will disappear. The race organizers have already declared that it will be held in 2014, and good for them. It may not even decline in popularity. I hope, as many do, that it will draw as many or more runners and spectators next year, and for years to come.
That would be an inspiring testament to the resiliency and courage of the human spirit.
All that said, it still won’t be the same. Our history shows it won’t. It won’t even after all the inspiring declarations by city and state officials, and the president himself, that Boston will not be cowed by terrorism.
Yes, it’s true that we don’t spend our waking hours obsessing over 9/11. New York City hums with commerce, the arts, and the exuberant pride of ethnic neighborhoods.
Millions of us get on planes every week. But when we fly, we meekly submit to invasive, interminable security procedures. We take off our shoes, stand with our legs spread and arms over our heads so we can be scanned. Or, we get patted down over every part of our bodies. Nobody is outraged at what, even 15 years ago, we would have considered police-state intrusions into our privacy and freedom.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.
April 17, 2014
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