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Violence not an option for protests

August 26, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

An Associated Press story we published Monday concerned the hunt for Leo Burt, who was one of four domestic terrorists who set off a bomb at the University of Wisconsin in 1970. A young scientist died in the blast.

Burt has never been caught but, as the AP reported, his three accomplices were apprehended. All served short prison sentences. All are unrepentant.

One, Dwight Armstrong, told the AP the bombing "was the right thing to do at the time" in response to the May 4, 1970, deaths of anti-war protesters at Kent State University in Ohio.

No, it was not. Violence of any sort is not an acceptable form of protest.

No one - ultra-liberal, ultra-conservative or anywhere between the two extremes - ought to have any sympathy for those who use violence to make their points. It's a shame Burt isn't in prison where he belongs.



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