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Circumstances Of Houston Police Officer Kevin Will’s Death Leaves Individuals With A Choice About How To Respond

The circumstances behind the on-duty death of Houston police officer Kevin Will leaves individuals with a choice.

Officer Will was killed by a man who, according to reports, is in the United States illegally and who was driving drunk.

People can go on with the reflexive hatred and anger such we see from this reader comment on the Houston Chronicle online in reference to the driver who allegedly killed Officer Will–

“They should auction on Ebay the opportunity to beat him to death with a baseball bat during halftime of next years Superbowl with all proceeds going to the Officer’s family. I’m sure I wouldn’t win but I would dang sure bid!”

I think sometimes that people who say things such as this are glad when a news event takes place that allows them to express so clearly who they are as an individual.

Or, instead of dwelling in anger, we can find a bipartisan immigration policy that does not turn our nation into a police state were we go around informing on people and checking people’s papers.

I don’t romanticize bipartisanship. It simply would be the reality of how a new immigration policy would have to be crafted.

One thing I’ll note as interesting about immigration discussions is the failure on the right to recognize the role of business places and individual consumers in immigration issues.

Employers want cheap labor and people want cheap goods and services. We are all part of the reason that we have so many undocumented persons in our city.

Top Houston political blogger John Coby has more on the role of the private sector in our immigration situation.

I’m sorry about the loss of Officer Will. My hope is that his death leads us towards progress in our lives and in Houston, and not towards even more anger and vindictiveness.

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Staircases To Nowhere—I Have Confidence You Can Find An Alternate Route

(Below–Galveston Seawall.)

(Below–Downtown Houston.)

(Below–The Alki Beach area of Seattle.)

(Below–Galveston Seawall.)

(Below–Tony Morrow Park in Houston.)  

(Below— Serpentine Wall leading to the Ohio River in Cincinnati.)   

(All photos copyright Neil Aquino.)

The good news is that most often we can find an alternate route.

Don’t let other people construct your world.

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