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Opinion

June 9, 2014

Editorial: A look at what others are saying

The following are excerpts of editorials from other newspapers across New England:

For all the problems and injustices that plague American courts, the system does still manage to reach the right conclusion much of the time. Never was that more evident than in Federal District Court in New York, when a former member of the computer hacking collective known as Anonymous was lauded by prosecutors and allowed to walk free.

Hector Xavier Monsegur, 30, who could have faced 20 or more years in prison, was instead sentenced to time served and freed, after prosecutors described his extraordinary cooperation in helping disrupt hundreds of cyber attacks and leading to the arrest of eight people.

Monsegur was first apprehended in June 2011, and immediately agreed to cooperate with authorities, primarily to avoid losing custody of two cousins for whom he was a foster parent.

Over the next three years, Monsegur helped the government avert many attacks, saving millions of dollars and preventing potentially catastrophic problems with infrastructure.

In court this week, he assured a judge that he is a changed man, one who is “ready to move on” with his life.

No one but Monsegur can truly know whether that is the case, but his help to the FBI is obvious, and prosecutors would not have sought leniency if they had harbored any doubts about the value of that work or the sincerity of his convictions.

Monsegur’s case is a reminder of the power of good, and the opportunity for redemption. We wish him well.

— The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

Tracking autistic children

As the number of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder has soared, a nationwide effort is gaining ground to spread the word about the likelihood of their wandering off from a safe environment.

Of the over 500,000 children on the autism spectrum, about half are prone to wandering. This behavior has been linked to the deaths of dozens of children with autism since 2008. One such tragedy — involving a New York City boy found dead in a river three months after he walked away from school — has spurred the U.S. government to fund GPS tracking devices for children with autism spectrum disorders.

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