Hoping for a better week
Last week was rife with events that were both tragic and deadly.
Everything from deadly bombs to poison letters and a violent explosion to a manhunt that shut down one of the country’s most prolific cities.
Not to mention the fact that the past tragedy of a violent school shooting had its memories returned after an emotional gun control vote by the U.S. Senate.
Then, there were torrential rains that pushed the largest river in the nation to near flood levels.
Finally, a powerful earthquake rocked China leaving untold destruction in its wake.
But, through it all, hope persevered.
What began Monday with the deadly bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon ended with a manhunt that concluded with the capture of one of the alleged bombers.
In between, Americans were hit with a barrage of bad news that seemed to compound as the week progressed. Through it all, there seemed to be no way to escape it.
Between newspaper, television news, social media and Internet coverage, Americans were saddled with bad news throughout the week, with no end in sight.
Following the bombings on Monday, the nation debated whether the act was that of terrorism or something else. Then the news of a letter containing the poison ricin being delivered to a U.S. senator broke, evoking memories of 9/11 when the nation was confused and politicians were targeted with similar methods of terror.
On Wednesday, the Capitol complex was closed after news of another poison-laced letter was sent to President Barack Obama.
Some good news came later that night when a suspect in the poison letters was apprehended in Mississippi.
This all happened at the same time the U.S. Senate voted down gun control legislation that would have banned assault weapons and expanded background checks for gun buyers.
On Friday morning, Americans awoke to the news that a college police officer and one of the Boston bombing suspects had been killed and there was a shoot-out near the Boston suburb of Watertown.
It all culminated Friday night with the capture of the second bombing suspect — an event followed largely on social media and television networks by millions of Americans.
Through it all, the country persevered and remained strong.
While the country seemed to come apart at the seams, citizens remained hopeful and vigilant.
Americans showed bravery, compassion and inspiration through a week that most will not likely forget.
We hope for a better week that builds on the strength shown by the nation during a turbulent time that could have left lesser people and lesser nations crippled.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark.