Laredo officials love Jack

Jack Strunk, of Jack loves Laredo fame, will receive some Taco Palenque and a visit from three city/state officials, according to a story in today’s Laredo Morning Times.

This is the story from KTVQ in Kentucky.

It’s an inspiring story about Laredoans, especially considering their response when Jack became the victim of a horrifying accident while living here.

…Strunk’s fortunes changed dramatically on Feb. 8, 2004, when he was injured in an accident at the County Line Race Track off of U.S. 83.
He was volunteering at the race track when a jet-powered dragster driven by Monty Jackson lost control, slamming into Strunk and pinning him against another vehicle.
As a result of the accident and massive blood loss, Strunk lost both legs and his vision.
He lost about 150 units of blood in all.
But Laredoans turned out by the hundreds to donate blood after hearing about his injuries.

But the visit from local/state officials seems a bit like… well, overkill.

Today, he’ll receive an even bigger honor.
A delegation including state Rep. Richard Raymond, District Attorney Isidro Alaniz, City Councilman Mike Garza and individuals from the private sector will fly to Lancaster, Ky. to meet Strunk and make a special delivery from Taco Palenque.

Thankfully the trip is being paid with “private dollars,” according to the story. How self-conscious about this city are local officials? Self-conscious enough to visit one man in Kentuckey for saying nice things about Laredo:

The delegation will also present Strunk with a key to the city, a City Council proclamation recognizing him, and a retired flag from the state capitol.

As a person who was born and raised in Laredo, I like to think that I care about the city enough to see its flaws. Sara is not a good representative for the “what’s wrong with Laredo” crowd, but the violent threats she received seemingly proved one of her points about this town. I think it’s one of those moments Laredo shouldn’t be proud of. Among the idiotic replies were voices of reason, though. But you had to wade through a lot of posts that sunk to (and below) Sara’s level to find the reasonable ones. I especially loved the ones that were just as racist against white people as she was against Mexicans in her video.

Am I just being a killjoy about the official visit? What do you think?

Wouldn’t some Taco Palenque and a key to the city sent via mail been enough?

If I make a video about how much I love a Laredo and Taco Palenque, will I receive a key to the city and a year’s supply of free chips? Seriously, those chips are delicious.

UPDATE: A quote from Jack Strunk’s book shown in the news clip from Kentucky.

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9 Responses to Laredo officials love Jack

  1. city emp says:

    as a city employee, i find it damn ridiculous that they are going. yes, it was a nice video (jacks) but this is beyond overkill. the council wastes money, while city employees have not had a decent raise since villarreal was hired. is it any wonder we are losing employees to other govt. agencies.

  2. Mark Webber says:

    I remember when he was injured a few years ago. He had very severe injuries, and there wasn’t any real resolution from a lawsuit he or his family filed against the racetrack except that it closed. It’s good to see that he’s still with us.

  3. Keyrose says:

    I think this is good PR for the city. If we’re constantly going to tout Laredo as a tight-knit community, this is proof of that. I recommend that Jack be made parade marshal for next year’s event.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Let the man enjoy his Taco Palenque, and let the city do a “good Deed” – Can one thing good come of something? Could we just accept it and move on. Although it seems a bit silly for a entourage to visit Jack, he did defend a much critizized community whom recently has had some not so positive publicity. With all the bad media, “Border Wars Show” and people like Sara its good to see that there are people that stick up for Laredo. Jack seemed to have gone through a tough time during his stay in Laredo, and yet he has a positive outlook on the folk in border two America. BRING ON THE TACO PALENQUE, and why not, let make him marshal at next year parade. Cheers to good people and to the “only in Laredo culture”- celebrate it. After all, if you don’t like it, I am sure Sara has a few recommendations…

  5. Laredoan says:

    Let the man enjoy his Taco Palenque, and let the city do a “good Deed” – Can one thing good come of something? Could we just accept it and move on. Although it seems a bit silly for a entourage to visit Jack, he did defend a much critizized community whom recently has had some not so positive publicity. With all the bad media, “Border Wars Show” and people like Sara its good to see that there are people that stick up for Laredo. Jack seemed to have gone through a tough time during his stay in Laredo, and yet he has a positive outlook on the folk in border two America. BRING ON THE TACO PALENQUE, and why not, let make him marshal at next year parade. Cheers to good people and to the “only in Laredo culture”- celebrate it. After all, if you don’t like it, I am sure Sara has a few recommendations…

  6. Anonymous says:

    I hate all the haters that love hating Laredo… it is time for “good things’ Name your good thing about living in laredo. Orale! A challenge!!!

    • Que Fregados says:

      Uh, wait, isn’t that what this blog is about? It does it with a critical view but the hope is to bring awareness to activities & events & spark thought… too late for your challenge.

    • cristinamahree says:

      Taco Palenque’s chips! I said it in the above post.

      Also, downtown’s historic buildings. However I also hate that the city doesn’t make it more of priority to really highlight downtown and its rich history, and take care of its buildings. And as long as this town has a 32-percent povery rate, rampant drug use and a corrupt city government that embarasses us sometimes, there will always be plenty of criticism with the idea that we are showing people what needs to be changed.

  7. tricia says:

    I like the parade marshall suggestions! Great post!

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