This weeks Mercury has a short article written by Sarah Mirk about the decision not to call the Woodburn Bank Bombers terrorists, or to prosecute the Father and Son
And then there's the sharp-eyed reporting from the Oregonian:
Oregon's juggling two bombing stories -- one about terrorism and one about crime. The way people classify them may seem arbitrary or racist, based on the facts in each case, but maybe the public deserves more credit than that.
Maybe the stories, and our reaction to them, simply reflect the basic human struggle to figure out what to fear.
Dear Portland: Fear Whitey.
P.S. Fear may be a natural human state, but I'm not sure that "deciding what to fear" really classifies as a basic human struggle -- we pretty much fear everything without distinction.