Thursday April 18, 2013 | 06:00 AM
Posted by Bruce Poliquin

On Monday in Boston, we witnessed up close that the world can be a very dangerous place, including here in America. As we extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families of the terrorist bombings, let’s renew our commitment to protect our citizens, our country, and our freedom.


Each of us can help. We can be more alert of possible dangers in our communities. We can be more aware of what our kids are learning on the internet. We can be more proactive in informing law enforcement personnel when something doesn’t seem right.


Our elected officials have an even greater responsibility to protect American lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. Through government, we have given them this power and authority, and they have taken an oath to do so.


Our economy is one of the most powerful weapons we have to protect America. A strong economy generates the jobs and tax revenues needed to defend ourselves and our homeland. Let’s encourage our elected officials to build a climate that fosters business investment, more jobs, and a more secure future. Addressing America’s fiscal crisis will be a big step in that direction.


May the wounds heal quickly of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. We hold you in our thoughts and prayers.


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