- The Washington Times - Monday, April 22, 2013

Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the chaos and cowardice in Boston this week. However, let’s not let our lives be ruled by fear. When we allow fear to degrade essential liberties we take for granted, terrorism wins. We as Americans need to stay the course for freedom in our modern world.

As we each process the emotions of the bombing over the coming days and months, learn more about the details and see footage reminiscent of 2001 played over and over, it’s easy to get caught up in thinking we must limit freedoms and quality of life to stop further attacks. But let’s not forget that those participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon attended to celebrate freedom in their own way. Some runners were celebrating personal athletic accomplishments that required years of dedicated training, others were there to raise funds for charities. In attendance were family, friends and neighbors, all of whom rallied together to support their favorite runners. Then there were the runners who selflessly ran past the finish line to hospitals to give blood for those who desperately needed it. That latter part is an example of the human spirit and freedom in action. These brave people embraced their freedom of choice.

In being forced to contend with this turbulence our society knew less of just 50 years ago, we can be thankful for those who stand guard on the homeland and have been able to thwart other such atrocities, the ones that we do not hear about and may never hear about.

I would rather live in a nation where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is honored than be constantly fearful of life being nasty, brutish and short.

RICHARD W. LOWRANCE

Hollis, N.H.