Just what is wrong with District 5?

Now, I ought to start out by saying I am not looking to pick a fight with several thousand people in western Odessa, or one woman in particular: Sandra Carrasco. She seems like a lovely person, and the residents of District 5 (generally all lovely people, too, I’m sure) will no doubt be lucky to have her as soon as she’s sworn in and starts to represent them.

I just want to make that clear.

Because in the past few years, there have been two tragic deaths by sitting councilmen in that district, and both times, only one person ended up wanting the job. There is something monumentally troubling about this.

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Freedom isn’t free, and some things may be worth the cost

This week 38 people were picked up in a white bus with shaded windows and taken out of sight.

We still don’t know where exactly they all went, who exactly they were, or how long exactly they’ll be there.

Now, I almost said “38 illegal immigrants,” but that’s probably not true.

Getting a work visa and leaving it at home is something like going out without your wallet; overstaying it is like driving your car with an inspection sticker out. It’s irresponsible, but let’s not pretend it isn’t commonly done.

“That’s exactly the problem,” you say.


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