Not in my normal line, but as regards the collapsed schools of Sichuan, a coda.
None of the newscasts I have seen nor any of news reports I have read has paused to note that China, with exceptions, still has a one child per couple rule.
The parents we are seeing grieving on television or in photo images have not lost a child.
They have lost their child--the singular expression of all their hopes and striving.
Later - Jim Yardley of The New York Times gets close.
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