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Our view: Assuage a mother's pain

So who did it? And how could anyone be so cruel? Getting at answers seemed a long shot anyway, but with a judge throwing out Joan Najbar's lawsuit against the U.S. government, complete information appears likely to forever remain elusive. The Dul...

So who did it? And how could anyone be so cruel?

Getting at answers seemed a long shot anyway, but with a judge throwing out Joan Najbar's lawsuit against the U.S. government, complete information appears likely to forever remain elusive.

The Duluth mother sued in 2009, three years after she mailed a letter to her son, who was deployed to Iraq. The letter came back with "deceased" stamped on the envelope. After a few phone calls and more than a few heart-stopping moments of panic, inconsolable grief and heart-wrenching sadness, Najbar found out her son was actually alive.

So was the letter stamped and returned accidentally? Or was the stamp part of some twisted, unfunny joke, not one carried out by the U.S. Postal Service, certainly, but by some sick individual who may or may not work for the USPS? Is there another explanation?

Though no one has ever stepped forward to take responsibility, someone knows. And someone is living with the knowledge of the pain they caused and the suffering they inflicted, the sort of pain and suffering no mother should ever have to endure. Someone still could step forward. They know who they are.

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