Americans again arise to meet needs


Congressional reactions

These are statements of two U.S. lawmakers who represent Southwest Georgia on the bombings at Monday’s Boston Marathon.

“My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Boston as they, and our nation, cope with the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. America’s willingness to stay strong in the face of terror was evidenced yesterday, not only by the immediate reaction of police and first responders to the scene, but also by the numerous heartwarming acts of kindness exhibited by residents of Boston directly following (Monday’s) acts of violence. The bombing in Boston reminds us that it is our duty to remain vigilant against threats of terrorism against the United States, especially because we are repeatedly reminded that the lives of families and innocents are in danger. Our country and I stand with the city of Boston as the authorities work towards uncovering and bringing to justice those responsible for this tragic incident.”

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany

“My prayers go out to the people of Boston, and especially to those who were killed or injured in (Monday’s) attack. As the evidence mounts that this was a terrorist attack, our intelligence and law enforcement agencies must do whatever is necessary to find and interrogate those responsible so we can prevent similar attacks.”

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie

When times are at their worst, many Americans are at their best.

That proved true again Monday in the aftermath of the deadly explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, twin blasts that killed three, seriously injured a dozen and a half others and sent by some estimates 150 people for medical treatment.

It was the worst terrorist action on U.S. soil since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Since the United States tightened security after 9/11, there have been several attempts to do American citizens harm. How this event got through the intelligence net will certainly be questioned in the coming days and weeks.

But what won’t be questioned will be the reaction of the many people who, despite the uncertainty and possible danger, gave aid and comfort to those who were victims of the malevolent assault.

There has been report after report of how physicians who were participating the race went to work, brining their medical expertise to injury victims. We imagine that there were quite a number of lives saved and extent of injuries lessened through their quick action and the actions of first responders who were working the race. There have been accounts of police carrying wounded people to safety and anecdotes of how residents in Boston have opened their homes and businesses to those who were stranded. Ministers have walked the area offering comfort and prayers to those who need them.

And comfort is what can be found in this — when bad things happen, we find ways to take care of each other. One days such as this, there are no Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives ... just Americans.

Investigators, led by the FBI, are searching for the cowards who did this. We’ll know, sooner or later, who was behind this heinous act of evil. The call for justice will be loud, and we believe it will be answered.

But for now, we can know that the calls for help were answered as quickly as possible. Not every effort was successful, but every effort was made.

The need was there and, once again, people of good heart rose to meet the challenge.