Houston, We Have a Problem

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Thoughts on Houston, 1/28/19

by Patricia Feager

 

Houston, We Have a Problem

 

Once again, we learn that five Houston police officers have been wounded in the line of duty on the evening of January 28, 2019. Four were shot. The people of Texas ask you to join us to keep these wounded officers and their loved ones in your thoughts and if you believe in prayers, please pray.

 

I want to believe law enforcement officials serve and protect. But tragically violence in our country and attacks on our Police force continues. It is deeply troubling to hear stories like this almost on a regular basis. Like courage, empathy and compassion are ways in which we care. It is painful and heartbreaking to think this type of behavior is becoming more and more common on a daily basis.  

 

Houston, we have a problem. There seems to be a distorted sense of reality that leads people to the brink of violence and some people act rashly, without conscious, ending with tragic results. Not all people are bad, and neither are all police officers corrupt. I can’t imagine a world without enough protection from police officers assigned to serve and protect cities, towns, our roads, villages, and most of all the people throughout our country.

 

 

Residents of a community share emotional loss and when it is a loss to a brotherhood, everyone suffers because all are impacted. Although there is a big distance between Dallas Fort Worth and Houston, we are much closer than we think. And sorrow and loss are very, very, real.

 

 

 

"Tears shed for self are tears of weakness,

but tears shed for others are a sign of strength."

Billy Graham

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Patricia. This was the first news I heard this morning when I got up... just literally made me cry. I just can't believe what's been happening with all these shootings and killings of people who serve us in such a brave way. I am truly speechless at this senseless violence. And what worries me is that as a society we are losing our sense of outrage over this and accepting this as a "new normal."

Jan 29, 2019 04:16 AM #6
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Wayne Martin - when criminals are given "more rights" than law enforcement it is an egregious attack on the law-abiding people of the United States of America. Unfortunately, blame hasn't solved the problem. When ordinary citizens are wounded, they need police and medical emergency personnel to rescue, save, serve, and protect. But when our own Police are wounded, who do we turn to to rescue the rest?  

Jan 29, 2019 05:12 AM #7
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Kat Palmiotti - the Media reports it was a drug warrant that was being served when the police were shot. Illegal drugs are a century-old problem. I was just reading an article a few days ago about how badly the drug-problem has escalated as a result of making it legal to use marijuana with higher THC and other issues and problems but that is not the point of this discussion or blog post. 

You touch on many hot buttons that are plaguing this nation, i.e., road rage, random shootings, high stress, and low tolerance levels. It just seems the more stimulation in the minds of drug addicts, the more violence comes out of these examples. Let's face it, there is documented evidence over time in alcohol and substance abuse which is well-established. There certainly are a high number of unbalanced people in society which makes it dangerous for all.   

Jan 29, 2019 05:26 AM #8
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Nina Hollander - When I heard the news last night, I went to bed with the word wounded on my brain. This morning I woke up thinking about the psychological wounds to Police Officers, their families, our communities, and especially the children growing up in this type of environment where this dysfunctional lifestyle continues to exist and people are being wounded and many killed. 

When I think of a wound, I think of scars that remain, hidden trauma, memories that are kept open long after the incidence, the penetration of weapons that pierce the body, mind, and soul. It is not a Greek Tragedy, and it is not just an American Tragedy anymore. Through these psyche wounds, where does healing begin and will it ever end? Wounds are not just eruptions happening in random places in our country, but disruptions and misery to all.

Jan 29, 2019 05:35 AM #9
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Brian England
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It seems to happen all too frequently these days, but nothing seems to be done to try and prevent it from happening in the future.  It is very sad.  My vote would be to have more assistance for mental issues, I know for a fact that this area is lacking severely.

Jan 29, 2019 06:35 AM #10
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Brian England - Such a waste of human life and the problem continues. Not only do we need more facilities for the mentally ill with psychotic behavior, but we also need help and restitution for the victims and their families too - many of whom probably can't afford the help. 

It is good there is a lot of research for cancer and other diseases and many contributions for rescuing pets but how much more is needed for the psychologic wounds as a result of violence which seem to be contagious and spreading like cancer that never ends.  

Jan 29, 2019 06:41 AM #11
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Hello Patricia - a distorted sense of reality. Indeed. Well-said.

Jan 29, 2019 06:56 AM #12
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Good Morning, Michael Jacobs - thank you! 

I can always count on you for good feedback. 

Jan 29, 2019 07:00 AM #13
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Good morning Patricia. Loss and violence are just that and have surrounded us forever. I think it is a very difficult time for us now. It suresely is for me. I long for a simpler and more honest time, but then I think about the environmement that allowed Hitler to thrive. I just took a very deep breath. 

Jan 29, 2019 07:28 AM #14
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Sheila Anderson - It is an age-old problem that doesn't go away. I am reminded of a story I heard long ago. It goes something like this:

A patient goes into a Psychiatrist's Office and claims to be feeling depressed. He complains all his wife does is shop and nag, his kids don't ever want to come home; their report cards are terrible, his daughter is pregnant and she doesn't know who the father is, nobody sits at the dinner table anymore to hear what he has to say, his boss doesn't understand him, he thinks he is going to lose his job, his neighbors are mean, he doesn't have any friends, he's up all night long watching old reruns on T.V., and he just found out he has cirrhosis of the liver. The Doctor said, "what do you think the problem is?"  He blames them of course! 

Jan 29, 2019 07:47 AM #15
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As a daughter of a law enforcement father, I always feel physically ill when I hear these stories - as I did yesterday when mom told me. Not surprised to hear the shooters were part of a heroin operation. Drugs in our country are out-of-control...the people who are addicted to them and the people who get rich pushing them, including big pharma. They, along with some doctors, have created the Opioid crisis, sadly heroin is a cheaper fix for the addicts. 

Jan 29, 2019 08:46 AM #16
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I grew up up respecting policemen not fearing or hating them. My thoughts and prayers are with them and their families Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

 

Jan 29, 2019 08:48 AM #17
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Patricia there is a segment of the population that looks down on police officers, and unfortunately much of the media promotes that as well.  It is sickening to see one particular sports figure glorified for wearing socks with characters of pigs as policeman.

Jan 29, 2019 03:02 PM #18
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I don't understand these types of events.  Never will.  I was raised to respect police officers.  Every time I have been pulled over, I was polite and kind to the officers.  Then again, I've never been stopped for anything more major than speeding, so I'm not fitting the profile of a hard core criminal.  I just don't get it.

Jan 29, 2019 03:47 PM #19
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - I did not know that your father was in law enforcement. Although my dad was in construction, I know that feeling of being "physically ill" whenever I heard about construction workers falling off scaffolds or other ways in which they fell to their death.  

It is so sad that people who use are exploited and access to drugs is so easy. It always has been out of control! Many people get rich off of recruiting young children convincing them when they are so vulnerable to get high and take drugs. And yes! All types of doctors push the drugs on athletes, seniors, women with menopause, and adolescents. As a kid, I was never approached by drug dealers but I knew which girls in my neighborhood were addicted. I always wondered why there were more girls addicted than boys. Now, I think I know why. As far as big Pharma, well, I can go on with a 3,000-word essay on that topic, but won't. What I will say is, drugs are not supposed to cure because Drug Companies are in the business to make big profits. 

The Opiad Crisis is real. American's need to wake up and not pretend it doesn't exist. I can't even imagine what it is like for a family to have a mother or father serving as Police and/or Peace Officers today. My nephew was one in Phoenix and finally quit. With four kids, he came to his senses and realized kids need parental guidance. If he could only save four and more, like their friends, he will live to be fulfilled. I also have a niece in Glendale, AZ who is a Prison Guard. I don't even know how she does it. The jails are full. 

Thank you, for sharing. You are someone I always looked up to because of your courage and strength. 

Jan 29, 2019 05:33 PM #20
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - It takes a rare man or woman to go into Police Enforcement. It pains me to hear what's happening to so many who are just trying to serve and protect. We only get to hear what the Media decides for us what they think we need to hear and what versions of theirs is newsworthy. 

I'm really glad I lived life looking up to Police Officers with respect and that my parents taught me to, as well. 

Jan 29, 2019 05:38 PM #21
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George Souto - Isn't it sad that cultural values have changed. Our society is now a world of collective wounds. It is becoming part of the norm and unstoppable. Sadly, one of the highlights of positive reinforcement came after 9/11 when Patriotism was real, Police, Fire, and Rescue was honored and respected. It seems so long ago but yet still like yesterday. So many bad transformations in our culture along with very bad attitudes are so prevalent it is scary. Like wounds that are subject to infections and further problems, violence promulgates like deadly cancer. Such a waste of human life... 

Jan 29, 2019 05:47 PM #22
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Chris Ann Cleland - It is really hard to understand. Like Denzel Washington said in the Philadelphia movie, "Will someone explain it to me - like I am a six-year-old?" 

Integrity as a whole has to improve or it won't get any better. It is as if we are all living in mourning and we don't even know it! And then we wonder why people are depressed. 

Jan 29, 2019 05:52 PM #23
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We know many police and law enforcement officers. Like any people group, Realtors included, there will be some bad apples and there will be those who go above and beyond. But there is no reason to go attacking these men and women in general because you feel like it. Hopefully they will all recover from this event.

Feb 01, 2019 01:28 PM #24
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I have never understood one's lack of respect for the law - and that includes all law enforcement officials, Patricia. I cannot fathom the pain that these families are going through. It's so good of you to rally your community to pray for these fine officers and their families in Houston.

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