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Needless death should not prompt us to blame the blameless

Christopher Weigl’s death in a bike accident was indeed tragic, and need not have occurred. However, blaming “horrid city planning,” Boston University’s inadequate planning for students' safety, and the absence of a “safe zone for cyclists,” as three Dec. 8 letter writers did, misses the root problem not only in Massachusetts but in the nation.

People have forgotten the concept of taking responsibilty for one’s own actions. Too many have become accustomed to looking to government (here, the city of Boston) or someone else (BU) to fix, or protect them from, things that should be handled on their own.

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