Terrorism will endure, but so will our nation
Our daughter ran the Boston Marathon and crossed the finish line 15 minutes before the blasts occurred. That evening, I called and talked to her for about one minute, and she was sobbing. The next day, she and her husband said that she had visited with a triage nurse who mentioned he had never in his life seen anything as tragic.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all the doctors, nurses, first responders and those who witnessed these terrible sounds and sights on this beautiful day in Boston. These images will be with them for the rest of their lives.
We killed Osama bin Laden about two years ago, but that will not stop terrorism around the world.
Let’s all try to keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Harry Weingartner, Eden Prairie
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U.S. Senate let down the American people
Political capital, won or lost, is being counted after the Senate’s defeat of the universal-background-check bill (“Senate delivers stunning defeat to Obama on guns,” April 18). Opponents offered little beyond saying that the bill didn’t address the real problem. But the fact remains that a lot of innocent children and teachers have died tragically and that still isn’t enough to move Congress. I fear we have lost our ability to collectively act selflessly and problem-solve intelligently.
STEVE MARK, Minnetonka
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It’s time to remove all of the safeguards that allow lawmakers to roam the halls of Congress knowing they are free from gun violence. Install the same security doors that schools have, and let them take the chance that no deranged killer with an AR-15 will be able break through. Common-sense gun safety laws would be passed before day’s end.
MARY FRASER, Eagan
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The Senate delivered a saddening defeat to all of us who hoped for a turning point in America’s delusional belief that an armed populace is a safe populace. It delivered a maddening defeat to all of those who believe that a small step in the right direction was a positive one. It delivered a reaffirming defeat to all those who had feared that there were no more brave men and women in the Senate. But worse, it delivered a resounding victory to the NRA and its paranoid followers.
HAROLD W. ONSTAD, Plymouth
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