Border fears cause game to be moved
By Nick Georgiou
Laredo Morning Times
Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010 6:02 AM CDT
Concern over spillover border violence has caused a high school baseball playoff game to be moved from Laredo to Falfurrias.
Canyon Lake High School was originally scheduled to play Hidalgo High School on Friday and Saturday at United Independent School District’s Student Activities Center.
I don't want to say that Laredo is immune to what's going on with the drug trade, but to think that the violence is spilling over into our town from Nuevo Laredo is ridiculous. Yes, we have violence; we have drug dealers; we have people selling corn in a cup without permits on street corners, but I feel safe enough to walk/bike out on our streets at any part of the day and night.
John McCain has a commercial out where he's talking to Sheriff Paul Babeu about "drug and human smuggling, home invasions, murder." I think that's the sense that most people get about our city as well. They don't visit Laredo any more because they think they're going to get hijacked or kidnapped in broad daylight.
In the LMT story, United ISD A.D. Bobby Cruz explains that many teams have visited Laredo and not once has there been a problem in regards to supposed spillover violence.
Neighboring (Mexican) cities such as Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, and Reynosa have been gripped with drug violence for some time now. They have to deal with kidnappings, beheadings, gun battles, torture, bombings, the murder of police officers, missing journalists, intimidation, etc. Laredo is not like that.
Canyon Lake High School has every right not to come play here. They might be going on misleading information such as what is being spewed by McCain. Still, I can't give their ignorance a pass. Hiss on them.
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