Throughout the past two years I have seen the best of Midlanders. From front-line workers to roughnecks keeping our great city and region going during an historic pandemic and downturn. From school teachers to small business owners nurturing the next generation and fighting to keep generations old businesses open. From fire fighters to police officers and to road crews keeping us safe and working through an historic freeze and beyond. From non-profits to houses of faith doing all they can to care for the least and most needy among us ranging from human beings to our pets. I’m leaving so many out, but I’m certain you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s the spirit of West Texas and Midland that one New Yorker asserted makes this place “look like America.” But recently a new burden has arisen in my heart that has spurred me to write this article.
Over the past several months I have received countless reports of crimes against people and property in our city. I have heard of the surge in gang activity seeking to prey on our kids. I have heard of far too many lives lost due to traffic accidents. It seems rarely a day goes by that I do not receive some bad news wreaking havoc on our people, our city and our morality. We are living in trying, challenging, and at times divisive days. But what are we to do?