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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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Anyone familiar with the intersection where the accident occurred, the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Paul Street, knows that the tractor-trailor had to be turning onto St. Paul — a narrow street with parking on one side — very slowly. As a witness pointed out, Weigl “was just going too fast to react to the truck.’’

A needless death resulted, but let’s not blame the blameless. I don’t want to live in a cocoon.

Bruce Hauben


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