Aug. 10, 2005 3:53 p.m.
Miami

Got my mail from Tennessee sent to the bureau here in a manila envelope. I turned the envelope around. It was closed, sealed, and scotch-taped.

"See that," I held the back of the envelope up to Running Man, "That's my father."

"My father does the exact same thing," he said.

I shook my head. Neither of us said anything.

My father turned 69 this week. He wore the Iona ring with a red stone on his finger for a long time. His father was a cop. I have only vague recollections from Sunday visits to a very warm apartment where he would repeatedly caution me to "watch out for them bones in your Jell-O."

My father's sister died this year. I never thought she'd die. She was always around. You could call and she'd get the phone on the first ring. She got up early. She had a large, square, wood-paneled TV in the center of her living room about four feet from the center of the couch, tuned to FOX.

E-mail Harrigan

Dear Steve H.

Thanks again for your incredible work, from the mideast to NLaredo. You are the best as far as I can see. I do not write reporters, no one else much either, but you deserve it. Your past reports on the madrasas are forever etched in my mind…what a visual as well. I would consider it an honor to buy you a real enchilada and a beer if you happen in these part some day.

Jeff in Maryland


Steve,

I appreciate your blogs on Nuevo Laredo. I hope this will open more eyes to this terrible war that is harming not only the Mexicans but our people who are infested with the products of the cartels. Thank you for doing this.

Troy,
San Diego, CA


Thanks for trying to bring this horrendous situation out in the open with your reporting. I am New Yorker living in Laredo due to my husband's job It's been quite an experience/adjustment. It is a scary situation and I think most gov't employees are overwhelmed here. We need more federal agents here (in all areas)! I had no idea how much and what was coming through the border until I got here.

Keep up the good work!!
Kris
Laredo, TX


I live in Laredo. Used to be we could go to Nuevo Laredo and take in authentic Mexican food. I haven't been there for nearly three years, because I don't feel safe. The day after your last report five Nuevo Laredo policemen disappeared. Rudy Giuliani cleaned up New York because there was a will and the government was behind him. In Mexico the government is corrupt which usurps any will anywhere for a clean Mexico.

Fred