logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Baseball Site

BellaOnline's Baseball Editor

g

Boston and Heart of a Nation


It won’t be an ordinary night at Fenway Park tonight (if the game even happens); Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon by two immigrant brothers of Chechen origin already has everyone on edge, and with one of the brothers dead and the other on the lam, as of this writing (Friday noon), it’s tough to imagine how the game is going to be allowed to proceed.

Just this morning, my neighbor greeted me and said, “My granddaughter goes to Boston College and lives near that corner. She and a friend were out watching the finishers. About half an hour before the explosion, they decided they’d seen enough. Until I heard from her mother within the hour after the blast, my heart was in my mouth.” We live in Virginia, but the event obviously reached around the globe as far as China, where one of the fatalities was from.

In 2001, baseball came to a complete stop after the terrifying events of 9/11, and when it began again it had a great healing force for the nation. So while it would be great to go ahead with tonight’s game, I’m not sure the authorities will allow it.

Compare and contrast with the feckless vote in the United States Senate this week, where a watered-down common-sense measure to help improve gun safety failed to gain the 60 votes necessary for passage. The Gun Lobby worked furiously to defeat this mild bill, while advancing their own legislation to further unleash more guns on this stressed society. It is worth noting that Senators representing 74% of the American people favored this minimalist control, which is favored by even a higher percentage of those polled, yet a determined minority could thwart their will. As President Obama said, it was a shameful day in Washington.

Some have pointed out how when a crime is committed that we call “terrorism”, even one victim is too many and no effort is too great. Yet we tolerate over 30,000 fatalities due to gun violence every year due to a warped and mistaken reading of the Second Amendment. While the number of guns owned by Americans continues to increase, the number of Americans owning those guns continues to decrease. A curious situation in truth..

I cannot posit a solution to our woes. I fear that the identification of the perpetrators in the Boston tragedy as not just immigrants, but Muslim immigrants, will stoke the fires of bigotry. People of good will must come together and speak out against that.

Play ball!
Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to Twitter Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to Facebook Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to MySpace Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to Del.icio.us Digg Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to Yahoo My Web Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to Google Bookmarks Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to Stumbleupon Add Boston+and+Heart+of+a+Nation to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Baseball Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Joe Mancini. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Joe Mancini. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Joe Mancini for details.

g


g features
Red Sox Redux And Farewell

Clash of the Titans

Oh It's You Again

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor