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April 16th, 2013
11:28 PM ET

Kevin Cullen of the "Boston Globe": "This is a very tough town ... we take only three things seriously here, and that's sports, politics, and revenge"

Amidst the aftermath of Monday's tragic bombing in Boston, this evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed a pair of New England men – Kevin Cullen and John Mixon – each charged with sharing their insight into the events associated with the explosions, as well as the spirit of the city moving forward:

"I was sad yesterday, I'm angry today, and I got that sense from the city today talking to people. We will never be the same," said Cullen, a columnist for the "Boston Globe" who penned a piece entitled "A perfect Marathon day, then the unimaginable" on Tuesday.

"This is a very tough town. We take only three things seriously here, and that's sports, politics, and revenge," continued Cullen. "I think it's going to take a lot more than what was done yesterday to knock a town like Boston out. And I really sense that across the city today, that people were angry and that people were absolutely determined."

Mixon, meanwhile, a veteran of the Vietnam War and the Director of "Run for the Fallen Maine," explained his perspective having been standing atop the first row of bleachers when the first bomb detonated:

"I just immediately thought it was a terrorist attack. I kind of lost my balance on the step, and my immediate thought was my daughter was heading down to meet us down there. And I just quickly grabbed the phone to call her," he told Piers Morgan. "Then there was such confusion that I actually jumped over the fence ... I was starting to rip the fence down."

Watch the clip, and listen further, as Cullen goes on to explain the attitude of the people in Boston, going so far as to suggest that the city "gave the middle finger" to whomever is responsible for Monday's terror attack.
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  1. T Kane

    Powerful commentary. However, religion is among the top 3 most important things to Bostonians, not revenge. Revenge is a reaction we employ (effectively&efficiently) once offended by those who trod upon our history, sensibilities, and personal investment in politics, sports or religion. Boston will recover from this black eye – although those most personally touched will never be the same. We pray for them and hope the world prays for us all.

    April 17, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Well said,Mr Kane–ideally it SHOULD read 'religion' and not 'revenge'–you wonder if Boston is now spoiling for a fight as the aftermath continues,guys interviewed on sidewalks and in bars with a glint in their eye just stopping short of issuing all manner of threats:understandable,but it doesn't help.Who are they gonna fight?I'm keeping an eye on this 'cos it's a tough place,no question,and folks could start to be singled out if their face don't fit...

      I'm talking witchhunts,and not for the first time in Massachusetts.

      April 17, 2013 at 7:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. shepherdgregory

    I'm surprised also,I must say,after reading his brilliant from-the-heart piece for The Boston Globe.


    He's a journalist–a very good one–and has to be careful.

    April 17, 2013 at 7:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. zach

    So is Piers still going to talk about gun control, because apparently people can make bombs that hurt and kill people too. Maybe it is time to stop worrying about the weapons used in attacks like this and more on mental health and foreign policy.

    April 17, 2013 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Al

    People like Piers Morgan are as big a threat to all Americans as terrorist bombers are. Theres only one form of gun control that matters when it comes to brain dead chumps like Piers & it comes in the way of acute lead poisoning. He should zip his lip shut & get his ass back to where he was hatched. Didnt we kick ass's like him back there once before?

    April 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Al

    Remember this bombing of american's is an act of TERRORISM and we all know it, its a damn shame the guy in our white house refuses as usual to speak the truth. American's were killed & injured via a bomb so what in the hell would you call it?, an accident! Just like Benghazi american's were killed & potus say's don't jump to conclusion's – well a TERRORIST attack via bomb sure isnt an every day event in Boston!!!

    April 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Here Be Dragons

      Called it an act of terror,I think.


      April 18, 2013 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jon

    All that money and sympathy raised in Boston for the IRA. Terrorists are terrorists no matter what the cause..

    April 20, 2013 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Here Be Dragons

      You have just whacked the nail into the wood,Jon.

      There are true stories on THE VERY SAME if you hit Back to main[bottom left],and read the most recent posting.

      Think you'll find it very,very interesting...thanks for posting.

      April 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. philaedlphialawyer

    Please, please, please, can we just drop this "Tough Town" talk. Boston, like NYC post nine eleven, is no "tougher" than any other town. In these cases, the citizens leave it to the first responders to deal with the attack, as they should. But there is nothing "tough" about that. The entire region being shut down while the police chased the bombers may have been the correct policy, but it hardly shows any "toughness" on the part of the populace. And, all cities, in these situations, react in the same way. No city is any tougher than any other.

    April 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Stephen Harris

    I'm trying hard to stay with thoughts of a naive kid drawn into his big brother's Lee Harvey Oswald syndrome, but Kevin Cullen's "three things that really are really important in Boston" keep crowding them out. As of now, the old Lizard Brain (mine, that is) is up by three sets and has the serve.

    April 22, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Not quite sure whether you agree with Kevin Cullen or not,Mr Harris,reply a bit cryptic.

      Bit of a problem with America:DON'T CLUTTER YOUR POINTS.

      Twenty Candles.

      May 6, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
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