Boston sent a clear message to other would-be terrorists
Re: "Burying alleged bomber," Talking Points, May 12
I was pleased that the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev finally found a resting place, but I hope this will serve as a reminder of what can happen to those who choose to engage in terrorist activities.
I also cling to the hope that the actions of the law enforcement officials involved in the manhunt for his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, will likewise serve as a deterrent to future would-be criminals.
A clear message was sent to everyone watching this story unfold on their televisions: If you choose to commit terrorism, we will find you. You might force us to shut down the city, bring out the National Guard, FBI, Secret Service and others, but we will find you. With the help of technology, justice will prevail -- and you will pay for your crimes.
To those contemplating further crimes, beware. You can run, but you can't hide.
Fighting crime is a local responsibility
Re: "Congress must act to halt gun violence," From Readers, May 10
Regina Perez's letter is based entirely on emotion rather than an understanding of the relationship between the federal, state and local governments. The "there ought to be a law" crowd believes that every crisis requires an immediate reaction from Congress and new national policy.
However, they fail to recognize that Congress was established to handle interstate and international affairs, not to manage the internal affairs of each state. The fact is that gun violence is not a national issue, and Congress has no responsibility to "do something" about it.
The responsibility to fight local crime lies with state and local authorities and law enforcement officials who must be left unfettered by national politics so they can effectively protect their communities.
And when it comes to protecting schoolchildren, allowing schools to post armed guards would be a good place to start.
U.S., British diplomats should lead push for safer factories
Re: "Death toll in Bangladesh factory collapse soars past 1,000 as recovery operation continues," May 9
The horrendous factory building collapse that killed over 1,100 people can be a galvanizing moment in Bangladesh's history.
The International Labor Organization is working with government officials, factory owners, and workers' groups to develop an action plan. This includes submitting a labor law reform package to Parliament, assessing structural building and fire safety issues in all garment factories, launching a skills/training program for injured workers, recruiting at least 800 more inspectors, and upgrading the chief inspector of the Factories and Establishments Department.
The U.S. Embassy and British High Commission in Dhaka have tremendous influence in Bangladesh because they represent powerful global economies. Officials in these embassies have ready access to the highest levels of government, corporations and civil society. Their words are headlined across the media landscape.
If the U.S. ambassador and British high commissioner would promote this action plan and regularly engage the prime minister's office on implementing a comprehensive reform of the garment sector, the onus will be on the Bangladeshi government to get it done.