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Perhaps it was inevitable after the events in Boston last week, where bombs set off at the Boston Marathon finish line resulted in the deaths of three people, including an eight year old boy, and injured more than 170, that there would be concerns about bombs at retailers around the country.

Published reports in Auburn, Maine, say that both a Walmart and a Home Depot there had to be evacuated. In the case of the Home Depot, it was a reaction to a suitcase left in a shopping cart by a customer who was clearing out his car to make room for materials he bought; at the Walmart, there was a bomb threat phoned into the store, but no explosive devices were found when police searched the store.

In addition, Walmart stores in Arizona and Louisiana were evacuated when people called police with concerns about packages that seemed to be out of place. In both cases, the packages were found to be harmless.
KC's View:
Reality kicks in. And it probably is going to be kicking for a long time to come.

The key will be to make sure that we deal with such problems in a way that does not allow commerce to grind to a halt.

I cannot help but think of the Ernest Hemingway line from "A Farewell to Arms":

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry."

We may break, but we must heal, and be stronger in the broken places.