I met with Alterna’s Anton Flores one more time before leaving LaGrange. (Alterna, again, is a small community of Hispanic immigrants living in a cluster of homes on one block here.) As part of Flores’s work with Alterna, he is an advocate for Hispanics at the local court house. He said one of the biggest problems in the town for immigrants, as he sees it, are the frequent police “road blocks.” There were a phenomenal 190 road blocks set up in LaGrange last year. Flores said while the police indicate their intention is to look for things like open containers, drugs, and the like… What happens often at these road blocks is that illegal immigrants are caught driving from the factories at shift changes (when the road blocks are often set up) without a driver’s license. If caught, the fine is a staggering $987. Flores said this is a significant revenue earner for the city of LaGrange. (LaGrange, incidentally, doesn’t have a property tax.) Flores said he sees this as tremendously exploiting. Speaking of the road being blocked… We left LaGrange on Friday afternoon and headed toward the Open Door Community in the heart of Atlanta. On I-75, about 10 miles from the Open Door, we ended up in a massive , rush hour traffic jam. It took us a good hour to go about 10 miles. There was no accident(s). Just cars inching along at a snail’s pace on a multitude of lanes converging all over the place. People metaphorically refer to it around here as ants streaming to an ant hill. And it’s a quite apt description. What’s more, our daughter Sarah (who once won an Earth Day award for an essay about global warming) pointed out that many of the cars had just one person in them. Note: During World War II, people in America were rationed four gallons of gasoline a week. And billboards went up saying: “If you’re riding alone, you’re riding with Hitler.” People sacrificed for the war effort then. We now, I believe, have an all out ‘war on the environment’ that requires a tremendous amount of sacrificing as well.