It is hard to imagine, anymore, a wonderful world like Louis Armstrong described in his famous song.
This latest mass tragedy, Monday at the Boston Marathon, had me again glued to the television once my fellow editor Deb Palmieri called and told me to put on the television.
The person or people who created this havoc in Boston have not only injured 176 people and killed three individuals as of Tuesday morning, they have robbed me of my freedom.
Yes, I understand if I take this stand I am letting them win.
If I say, "you win" will the madness stop? Can the game be over?
Honestly, I wonder if the people think this is a game or if they are just looking for the fame derived from their actions.
I no longer feel comfortable in a world that will not be safe for my children, grandchildren and future generations.
Instead, in my mind, I see the picture of 8-year-old Martin Richard with a huge smile on his face waiting for his father to finish the race.
He was in third grade and lost his life waiting to congratulate his father at an event, which should have been a happy one.
In addition, his 6-year-old sister lost a limb and his mother is lying in a hospital room in critical condition. I see pictures of runners and spectators injured and emergency personnel, once again, using their skills and compassion, assisting those in need.
Only the city has changed in this latest incident of murderous lunacy.
At a news conference the morning of April 16, government agencies came together vowing to find the person or people responsible, reiterating the message relayed by President Barack Obama April 15.
I, like everyone, want to know why this happened and what the possible motive was.
Could it be someone like Timothy McVeigh who, along with co-conspirator, Terry Nichols, planned the terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., on April 19, 1995?
They allegedly were angry with the federal government over the Waco Siege in 1993 and the Ruby Ridge incident in 1992.
Or, could it have been a foreign group making some sort of statement against our government?
Government officials, please get to the bottom of this while we, again, try to cope with our emotions while explaining to our children what happened.
We need to say the proper words to keep the children from becoming scared to ever walk out the door.
I am not a quitter and I remember an editorial I wrote after 9/11 saying we would not let "them" win.
We, as a nation, are tougher than that.
However, I find it hard to believe these people will not continue to send their messages by way of attacking us in cities while we try to live our lives having walks, runs and other festivities.
What will it take to make this stop?
I want this world to be as wonderful as Armstrong described, with "bright blessed days and dark sacred nights."
I want everyone to feel safe as they raise their children and enjoy long lives filled with harmony.
I want peace.
Is that too much to ask?
East Penn Press