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Pulling Paul column gets me blasted So, we don’t want to count illegal aliens in the U.S. Census – Seriously? McAllen’s Mud Pit thankfully closed

Does it seem that the world, the country, the state are just growing crazier, or is it just me? No, it can’t be me. I’ve been crazy for a while on a stable basis, so it’s everything that’s going on around me that is changing, growing more mad. I’m not changing. It’s the world in general that is changing, and I can’t say that I like it. Take, for example, the continued fight between people over facemasks. In other words, a simple measure that will save lives is actually costing people their lives. Hasn’t happened yet in the RGV, but news outlets from around the country are reporting almost daily that someone has been shot because they asked a store customer, for example, to put on a facemask before entering a store. Customer gets mad, pulls out a gun, and bam. Our culture now reminds me of some savage land (Mad Max movie) decimated over the battle between public health and personal rights. Meanwhile, hospitals in Hidalgo, Starr, Cameron, and Willacy Counties continue to get slammed with COVID-19 patients. Already, at least two physicians and six nurses have died from the disease. Across Hidalgo County, the COVID death toll is approaching 500. Still, in the minds of some people, ah, it’s nothing more than the flu. No worries here, move along. Ask any physician today how comfortable he or she feels entering a COVID unit at any local hospital, and if they’re honest, they’ll say, “Not very.” Still, the docs, the nurses, the techs, the medical staff are still doing their job despite the risk this virus poses to their own personal health and that of their families. In fact, throw in all the front-line workers – ambulance medics, cops, firefighters, etc. – and it’s a fact, no one feels completely safe. Still, they step up and do the job. Ron Paul and the Mud Pits Meanwhile, I saw a video last week that is mind boggling, considering what’s going around the county. South of McAllen, there is this huge hole in the ground known as the McAllen Mud Pit. Been there for years. It even has its own Facebook page, which is where I saw a recent video, since posted on Youtube. In the good old days, pre-COVID, it was a place that big trucks and four-wheelers could plow through mud and standing water and have a blast. Those good days are gone, but ...

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