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Weeks like the one we just lived through can make it seem like the world is coming apart.

On Monday, a perfect day for distance running, two homemade bombs turned a day of celebration into a day of violence.

On Tuesday, we learned about poison being sent through the mail to the president, a senator and a judge.

On Wednesday, an explosion destroyed a small town in Texas.

On Friday, we awoke to images of an overnight shootout and a manhunt for the Boston terror suspects.

An awful feeling of déjà vu washed over us, echoes of 9/11, anthrax and the Oklahoma City bombing, which happened 18 years ago Friday….

The violence and drama this week pointed up shortcomings and strengths of the people we count on to protect us and look after the public interest.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a common-sense protection against the unregulated sale of guns….

Weeks like this one, one day after another when the world feels like it’s coming unglued, remind us of how much we depend on each other, on the proper working of our institutions and, yes, on government, for our safety and well-being….

When the nation returns to debating budget cuts, sequesters and entitlements, let’s remember this week and how dependent we are on are on our neighbors and the people we appoint, elect and pay to watch out for the greater good.

Distributed by The Associated Press

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