The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 17, 2013

Justice must be served

— Far too often we face news of terribly tragic proportions.

Columbine. 9/11. Virginia Tech. Aurora, Colorado. Newtown, Connecticut. Now ... Boston, Massachusetts.

And these are just a few of the events that have occurred since 1999.

Massacres that make no sense.

Lives lost and the shedding of innocent blood occurred in every one of these ridiculous acts of violence.

We all grieve over these losses while we abhor the reasons given for each of the tragedies.

It is no coincidence that the blasts that have killed three and injured 144 others attending the Boston Marathon came on “Patriots’ Day” in Boston.

Because it was an attack on our independence and the freedom we enjoy, whether by conscious choice by the perpetrators or not.

Whether or not the person or group belongs to a certain race, practice a particular faith or are citizens of this or a foreign country is moot. They are terrorists, just the same.

Just as much as the persons responsible for the other crimes listed above.

As Americans, we must not allow these acts committed on our soil, directed at our citizens, to go unpunished. And we must not tremble in fear, afraid to go about our daily business.

That would, in effect, give victory to the ones that inflict terror.

Americans have come too far and accomplished too much, to cower down in fear, to allow a few lunatics to define how we live.

Charles Swindoll’s famous quote on the importance of one’s responses says: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.”

We must choose to react swiftly and succinctly, yet in a positive manner. That will be the lasting legacy of these acts.

We can shape the ultimate results of these acts with a steadfast, unwavering reaction.

Justice must be served.

Super Bowl, World Series, marathons, races and public transportation — all go must on as usual.

The inconvenience of heightened security is a small price to pay for assurance of public safety.

There may be crackpots contemplating similar acts in the future — the message must be clear: we are not intimidated and our liberties will not be infringed upon.

As the Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are    created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

We must continue these pursuits, knowing that good will triumph over evil.

As we are resolute in dealing with the ones responsible for these heinous acts.