The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 16, 2013

Our View: Hurting for Boston, the world

— The Boston Marathon draws entrants and spectators from all over the world. Some 23,000 runners took part Monday in the 26.2-mile race, including a number of local athletes. It is an event to celebrate.

That all ended when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the race. The horrific scene unfolded even as we were interviewing a local woman who had already crossed the finish line before the explosion.

The mood of Carl Junction residents Mark and Karen Plucinski shifted from celebratory to frightened as they learned details of the bombing.

The scene was littered with glass, blood and severed limbs. As we write this, two are dead and more than 50 have been injured. Some of those injuries are life-threatening.

The news only gets worse. Two more devices were found and dismantled.

Steeped in great history, the first Boston Marathon was held in 1897. This year the marathon honored the lives of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings.

And now, in yet another senseless and cruel act, more innocent lives have been lost.

Today we add our cries to the sounds of weeping and our condolences to the many who have been affected.

The anger, outrage and demands for justice will come later.

Today, we hurt for our world.

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  • Your View: Time value of money

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    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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