A Message of Deep Concern from The Bedford Citizen

Although The Bedford Citizen does not ordinarily comment on events happening outside of Bedford, we, the Editorial Committee, feel compelled to express our shock and dismay at the threat to our democracy witnessed at the US Capitol yesterday.

Whatever your political views, and we respect and acknowledge a range of opinions among our readers, we hope you will join with us in condemning the mob violence that threatens our democratic institutions.  How can we teach our children to uphold the rule of law when the very heart of our government was held hostage yesterday?

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N Adams
January 12, 2021 10:54 am

These comments are showing the factual dichotomy of our country. All summer, Bedford had BLM protests every Friday. Could the above commentary please tell us the dates that Bedford was looted and faced riots?

The biggest issue, to me, is that we have a populous that believes these the QAnon theories and reject the very real evidence in front of them.

7% of BLM protests had violence and looting. Many supporters condemned those actions at the time. However, the burning of a business is not even close to an insurrection and attack on our government.

If the Trump protestors had just protested, fine. But the attack on the bedrock of our country should never be tolerated.

T. Traub
January 10, 2021 9:07 am

Deadly? One unarmed girl shot dead by a trigger-happy cop. One cop died from a reaction to a gas canister. One window broken. 3 heart attacks.

Tragic, yes, but hardly comparable to the deadly and disgusting rioting in Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Kenosha, Minneapolis, and other cities across the country, characterized by the lying media as “mostly peaceful”.

The overreacting by partisan political leaders and their allies in the media tells us what’s really going on here: phony righteous indignation to justify censorship and deplatforming on a scale not seen since the Soviet Union.

January 8, 2021 8:26 am

My thoughts are with the staff of the Capital. What an absolute horror to have to barricade yourself in your place of business. A building, that theoretically, should be one of the most secure in the world. They felt pure terror. Because storming the Capital, is terrorism.

January 8, 2021 5:28 am

Where were the Bedford Citizen editors when Antifa and Black Lives Matters rioters were murdering , assaulting and destroying public and private property all summer? Perhaps the Bedford Citizen agreed with their behavior ! Only a federally mandated voter Id will restore any faith in our elections.

Cathy Cordes
January 7, 2021 9:42 pm

I was extremely disturbed by the sight of the Bedford flag carried by the mob in front of the US Capitol yesterday. This flag was carried by the Bedford Minutemen in Concord on the 19th April in 1775. To think that someone thought there was a parallel between events in 1775 and the events yesterday at the National Capitol is shocking to me. I hope that we all consider what role we all have played in allowing someone to believe that the actions of those at the Capitol were in any way a righteous insurrection. It was not right and, even more, it was an assault to all we hold dear. It was damaging to our national identity. We need to fight these thoughts whenever and wherever we are confronted with them. Our democracy needs to be defended by all of us.

Douglas Miller
January 7, 2021 9:22 pm

It is interesting that the Citizen decided to comment on yesterday’s events but never saw fit to comment on the take over of Portland last year. Fair and truthful reporting is important, regardless of who is responsible. Both events threaten our democracy and the Citizen must recognize that fact and report it fairly.

David W Aldorisio
January 7, 2021 3:58 pm

Funny how you did not condemn the riots and looting of the terrorists BLM and Antifa double standard???

January 7, 2021 1:42 pm

I am fed up with allowing violent rioters to escape arrest and prosecution. We watched it happen across our great country all summer long wondering and hoping that our elected leaders would put an end to the anarchy. Sadly it did not happen. We watched a further escalation yesterday that was equally abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. I hope that justice is swift and those responsible are brought to justice and held accountable for their actions.

A law abiding citizen, father, husband, and son