Out Of Editorial Control

From our Compare and Contrast in Clear Idiomatic English desk

The local dailies adopt very different stances in today’s editorials about the Marathon bombing.

Start with the Boston Globe, which urges Bostonians to take the high road.

2013-04-15T214534Z_01_BOS08R_RTRMDNP_3_ATHLETICS-MARATHON-BOSTON-BLASTAfter Marathon attack, fellowship must prevail

BOSTON REMEMBERS its pain. The inscription on the back of the Beacon Hill memorial to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and his legendary Civil War regiment declares, “The memory of the just is blessed.” The plaque on the Bay Village site of the Cocoanut Grove fire describes a “phoenix out of the ashes.” The Public Garden memorial to those who lost their lives on 9/11 proclaims, “The people of Massachusetts will always remember. . .”

A commitment to rise to the occasion, to endure what must be endured, to remember all who suffered and lost their lives in times of strife, is written into the fabric of the city . . . And just as the vibrant city surrounding the site of the Boston Massacre is the ultimate tribute to the Revolutionary generation, a renewed embrace of the fellowship inherent in the global marathon will be Boston’s way of honoring those who were killed or injured on April 15, 2013.

In other words, summoning the better angels of our nature, to borrow from Abraham Lincoln.

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, though, the tone is quite different . . .

Read the rest at It’s Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town.

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2 Responses to Out Of Editorial Control

  1. Paige says:

    Speaking of clear English, the mayor of Boston…..goodness. His strength is not off the cuff speech, nor speech in general. And yes, the papers are challenged. What to say when there is nothing one can say?

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