Boston’s reaction applies to us

To the editor:

Tonight, I listened to the president, in the wake of the capture of the surviving Boston Marathon bomber, proclaim that these terrorists have failed because the people of Boston were not intimidated by their terrible acts.

Does anyone doubt that the Boston Marathon will take place next year?

I’m from Boston, but live here in Peterborough now and am proud of this community.

And yet, in the last few weeks, I’ve read that the school board has unilaterally canceled the Fourth of July celebration in fear that we, who pay for the upkeep of the ConVal field, might mar it in commemorating American independence.

Further, I read that the wonderful Jaffrey fireworks celebration will be permanently canceled, due to the (likely) toothless threat of a loan selfish crackpot.

Is this a reflection of the lack of resolve and resourcefulness of this community, or can we rise to this challenge and overcome it.

Are we ultimately to become a bedroom community where we commune over telephone, television and the internet, while, bond by bond, the glue that holds us together weakens and dissolves due to our apathy and cowardice?

Steve Lipofsky


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