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letters | after the marathon” feeling residual effects

Cambridge can’t be diminished by horror of bombings

As a 37-year Cambridge resident who is proud to have raised his children in this wonderful city, I’d like to respectfully offer a different perspective from that provided in the story by Meghan E. Irons (“Cambridge tries to heal from horror,” Metro, May 13).

Of course we are all stunned, saddened, enraged. But we have not changed, except for the better as we learn and grow.

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There have always been people who would harm innocents — the Tsarnaevs who are suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, Adam Lanza, Seung-Hui Cho, Ted Kaczynski, Timothy McVeigh, and, yes, Mohammed Atta — living among us. That two who happened to live in Cambridge could have been disastrously able to act on their cruel, murderous desires cannot diminish us. The remarkable tolerance, understanding, and compassion found here are not at all compromised.

Yes, that they passed among us, their true natures perhaps hidden, is frightening. I have looked at a three-year-old picture of one of my kids talking to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at Cambridge Rindge and Latin 100 times since the bombing. But any sensible person knows that everyone who walks this earth is constantly vulnerable, and that the most basic job of living is to put fear aside and get on with the business of making the world better.

Yes, they were ours. For that we feel great sorrow. But they cannot shame, intimidate, or change us.

Bob Binstock


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