"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
Like most Americans, we were deeply troubled by the horrific tragedy at this year's Boston Marathon.
You've heard the numbers – three dead, more than 260 injured.
The story of the 8-year-old boy who gave his Dad a congratulatory hug, then returned to the sidewalk, where he was killed, his sister permanently maimed, his mother severely injured.
It's just heartbreaking.
But while we watched the videos of the explosions and the ensuing chaos, we couldn't help but notice the people immediately running toward the blast sites.
Police officers – as you would expect – but also everyday Joes and Janes, disregarding their personal safety to offer aid and comfort to those who had been hurt.
All indications are that two brothers were the perpetrators.
We're still not fully sure of their motives.
But make no mistake about it, these two were acting as terrorists, intent on killing our people and causing general havoc.
They simply don't get it.
They don't understand who we are – how despite our many differences, deep down we still love and respect each other.
And two secretive little cowards are not going to topple our democracy…are not going to significantly change the freedoms we hold dear and our desire to make the world a better place.
In times of trouble, we come together – we don't splinter apart.
We are the UNITED States of America.
May God bless our great nation!
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