Wake-up call on security steps
Bombs going off. People maimed. A child killed. The questions are not who or why, but how this could occur. Where was the much-praised Department of Homeland Security? Hopefully, those responsible for our safety will protect the runners at Philadelphia's Broad Street Run. We are a complacent people. If we thought this couldn't happen in our country, then 9/11 taught us nothing.
Gloria Gelman, Philadelphia
Haunted by a violent history
From Boston to Baghdad and Beirut and beyond, the ghost of 19th-century French anarchist bomber Ravachol and other perpetrators of the violence that knows no boundaries, borders, or limits haunt our everyday lives. Before the current era of "propaganda by the deed" brings us to another Sarajevo moment (which triggered the guns of August at the start of World War I), I hope we find different and better ways to rethink strategies and tactics that will close this chapter in human history. I fear that more of the same tactics employed since 9/11 - surveillance and repression, coupled with the erosion of civil liberties and loss of freedom - will provide us with only a false sense of security.
David R. Applebaum, Philadelphia
Reaction reinforces pride in U.S.
Within an hour after the Boston explosions, I noticed that the term muslims was trending on Twitter nationally. As an American Muslim who has experienced bigotry firsthand, I was a bit apprehensive as I clicked to view the tweets. To my pleasant surprise, with the exception of maybe Fox News contributor Erik Rush, an overwhelming number of people, Muslim, and even more non-Muslim, were tweeting in the defense of Islam and condemning stereotyping and bigotry.
America has come a long way since the period after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and I couldn't be more proud to be an American and a Muslim.
Basir Jamil, Bel Air, Maryland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media need global perspective
The constant media coverage of every detail of the Boston bombing not only sensationalizes the event, but also exploits the losses of victims and contributes nothing to a responsible resolution. If media outlets cannot exercise restraint, they should use more perspective - remembering that many people in other nations meet similar circumstances every day with nowhere near this level of attention.
Joseph Carducci, Pittsburgh
Wisely girding for the worst
If we wish to avert another Boston, we must delve deeper into the causes of mental instability and tighten our security, especially on foreign nationals from the Middle East.
Bill Towey, Phiadelphia