Letters: New York's Night of Terror

To the Editors:

It does not excuse one single act of looting or burning during New York's blackout [July 25] to insist that something more is required than calling the perpetrators animals or demanding longer jail sentences. By now we must know that there are problems we have deferred too long and will defer again, work that is too hard to do, sacrifices we find beyond our capacities, corrective action that must be sustained too long for a people too impatient to stay the course.

Meanwhile, those who customarily clean up afterward will do...

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