Almost every day since I published Issue 2 of Chester Matters, I’m reminded that I made a big mistake by breaking my own promise to myself.
In my ongoing quest to find people to become ongoing columnists in the paper (thanks Rocky Brown and Michael Robinson), the one topic I intended to publish in each paper is mental health. In laying out the paper, I ended up with too much content for 8 pages and not enough for 12 pages. So, I made the executive decision to bump Bronwyn’s mental health article.
What a mistake. It will never happen again.
More than a few people was expecting to read her again. I shared the paper with a guy who read the entire paper in front of me and only had something to say about the Bronwyn article. He said his daughter was going through the same anger and anxiety and the article was a help to him, and he’d share with his daughter.
And then there’s all these celebrity suicides lately.
I’ve never purchased a Kate Spade for anyone and I’ve never seen an Anthony Bourdain show, so I don’t share the grief of most Americans. The suicide of Marco Antonio Munoz breaks my heart.
Muñoz crossed the Rio Grande with his wife and 3-year-old son on May 12 near the tiny town of Granjeno, Texas.
Soon after Muñoz and his family were taken into custody, they arrived at a processing station in nearby McAllen and said they wanted to apply for asylum. Border Patrol agents told the family they would be separated. That’s when Muñoz “lost it,” according to one agent, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“They had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands,” the agent said.
Munoz killed himself in a padded cell last month.
Muñoz’s death occurred not long after the Trump administration began its “zero tolerance” crackdown on illegal migration, measures that include separating parents from their children and the threat of criminal prosecution for anyone who enters the United States unlawfully.
Read more HERE.