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The Way It Was --

Hidalgo County Politics: Editor’s note: A reader called The Advance last week asking if he could get a copy of this story which originally ran in this newspaper six years ago (how time flies). His point was, public corruption isn’t something new and it’s still around today, which is why he wanted to re-read the story. Maybe in the RGV we’re seeing more than our fair share of it lately from Brownsville to Rio Grande City; but public corruption has been around forever. Human beings are human beings. Some good; some bad. Politics just makes it that much harder for a good person to stay honest and true because there are more than a few vendors, or so court records show, who are willing to hand out cash and favors for business. Some escape the feds’ notice; some don’t; begging the question: How much money is prison time really worth? The following story, however, helps illustrate the point – Valley corruption was perhaps even wilder back in the “old days.”   Read the entire story on the e-Edition of our newspaper.   ...

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