A call to our higher selves will benefit Midland
Over the past two years I’ve seen the best of the Midlanders. From frontline workers to thugs keeping our great city and region going during a historic pandemic and downturn. From teachers to small business owners, nurturing the next generation and fighting to keep previous generations’ businesses open. From firefighters to police officers to road crews keeping us safe and working through a historic freeze and beyond. From nonprofits to houses of faith, they go out of their way to care for the least and most needy among us, from humans to our pets. I leave out so much, but I’m sure you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the spirit of West Texas and Midland that, according to one New Yorker, makes this place “feel like America.” But recently, a new burden appeared in my heart that prompted me to write this article.
Over the past few months, I have received countless reports of crimes against persons and property in our city. I have heard of the increased activity of gangs seeking to prey on our children. I have heard of far too many lives lost due to traffic accidents. It seems that hardly a day goes by that I don’t receive bad news that wreaks havoc on our people, our city, and our morals. We live in trying, difficult and sometimes conflicting times. But what should we do?