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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Reflections on bombings in Boston

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Greg Peck
April 16, 2013

What is it about a marathon that can attract some 23,000 people to want to run 26 miles?

Perhaps Fred Lebow, co-founder of the New York City Marathon, said it best.

“The marathon is a charismatic event,” Lebow said. “It has everything. It has drama. It has competition. It has camaraderie. It has heroism. Every jogger can’t dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon.”

Those dreams turned into nightmares Monday at the Boston Marathon.

Monday’s bombings were despicable, gutless and senseless.

Can we take any solace, however, from this tragedy? Are we right to wonder whether, if security can’t keep the Boston Marathon safe, any sports event anywhere—including those at stadiums in Wisconsin—is truly safe?

As authorities scramble to track down the bombers, we’re left to wonder, too, about the perpetrators and their motives. Was this an act of international or domestic terrorism?

Now, we’re all dealing with more security and more limits to personal freedoms, and we’ll invest more tax dollars in the process.

Does this make sense?

We’ll share our thoughts and perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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