Can Walking Away be Courageous?
It is undisputable that 20 year old Marisol Valles Garcia's decision to take on the job of Police Chief for a Mexican border town where drug-related killings are commonplace was courageous. But what of her decision to quit and seek asylum in the United States?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines courage as "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty."
Swallowing her pride, accepting her limitations and admitting a mistake had to be among the many difficulties Garcia contemplated when making her decision to abandon the position. Perhaps it took one kind of courage for Garcia to accept the job, but another to leave it behind. Do you believe Garcia's departing her position was an act of courage?
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DEA Special Agent in Charge (retired) June Werdlow Rogers (formerly June W. Stansbury) holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology earned at the University of Maryland. She has 28 years of law enforcement experience from 3 different agencies (
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