After the shock of Boston's bombings 

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It happened more than 2,000 miles away, but even here we felt the Boston Marathon bombings.

click to enlarge John Grant

John Grant from the northeast side is unemployed

How closely did you follow media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings? Relatively closely, because I felt like I wanted closure. And you couldn't really avoid it; all the channels had coverage, and I always watch the news.

What's the most powerful emotion you felt? Sadness, for the people killed and injured, plus anger, that someone would do that.

What's one lesson we can take away from what happened there? Be observant. If someone sets something down and walks away, just be aware. And don't wait for a disaster to care about other people; be a nice person.

Does this cause you renewed worry about terrorism? Not really, but it does kind of open your eyes. It could be anywhere, even before this happened.

click to enlarge Cory Sorensen

Cory Sorensen from Golden is in early childhood development

Did you follow the media coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings? I heard the news and I kept my ears open, but I didn't really research it.

What's the most powerful emotion you felt? I felt it in my heart. Not so much fear, but sadness. I had a strong heart reaction.

What's one lesson we can learn from what happened? It's amazing what brings us together. And from a child-development perspective, it seems the suspects were missing something, maybe a secure attachment. I see it as a neurosis, or acting out. This is a chance for us to learn where this is coming from.

Do you worry more about terrorism now? No. I've personally adopted a sect of Islam called Sufism. It's about opening the heart and surrendering to what I call God, or Allah, because it encompasses all.

click to enlarge Patty Roseman

Patty Roseman from the central area is an operator

How closely did you follow the coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings? Very closely. I followed it on the Internet and watched the TV coverage after work.

What's the most powerful emotion you felt? Anger. Just total anger, and then compassion for the victims.

What's one lesson we can take away from what happened there? It was nice to see how everyone came together, to help each other, no matter what. I'm hoping this will teach people how to be nicer.

Did it cause you to worry more about terrorism? Not so much. I try not to focus on that. I see it as two lost kids with broken minds.

What would you say to the suspect who's now in custody? I'd ask him why. What did you get out of it? Why take innocent lives?


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