Boston continues to teach the nation a valuable lesson

Boston continues to teach the nation a valuable lesson
April 19, 2013 Jon Bracone

*Disclaimer* Opinions are those of Jon Bracone and are not representative of Extreme Alaska as a whole.

Historically speaking Boston has often provided Americans with a unique sense of pride and fortitude within our culture, we’re all fighters, it’s just a matter of to what degree. The resilience of the inhabitants of the Cape Cod area is borderline legendary. Beit the Boston Tea Party to the Massacre, from the Cape Ann Earthquake to the Boston Fires in 1760. Through adaptations or manipulations, it’s hard to dispute that Boston hasn’t bred a more tough group of people.

While my peers are in Anchorage attending the Alaska Press Club; I had to stay behind. However, I find myself just as immersed in media and stories at the moment as they might be.

I stayed awake until 6 a.m. trying to keep up with my mobile alerts. Stitcher, Twitter, The Huffington Post, Facebook, CNN, and the list goes on and on. Surprisingly to me it was Al Jazeera English with the quickest turn around of information, even to the point of people disputing the integrity of their legitimacy.

At the moment authorities have apprehended the second suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev. It will be interesting to see what transpires over the course of the weeks and months to come and what questions will be answered. One thing I never questioned was the fortitude of Bostonians, that was once again reenforced when I saw the media’s footage of the community cheering on law enforcement after addressing the community in a briefing. Boston has shown me; in time’s wake only history is left, and this will be one more chapter in a unique city’s history of being a lighthouse in a dark night.


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