Does the country know that we exist?

July 17, 2018
A reader sent this in:
A ‘rare’ rock rattlesnake at Wyler Aerial Tramway and the City of El Paso is NOT EVEN MENTIONED!!!
Ain’t that some shiznit?
Hell, when the attack aircraft crashed on White Sands Missile Range two weeks ago the FOx News reporter identified Holloman AFB as being 175 miles south of Albuquerque and not 60 miles north of El Paso.
Must be something in the water…

What are the real numbers?

July 16, 2018

With EPISD shrinking it makes sense that they will need fewer teachers.

A lot of the recent activity on this blog has been dealing with the displacement of teachers.

We have not heard about real numbers.  How many jobs need to be cut?

How many teachers will retire this year?

What will the reductions mean for the newly graduated people coming out of our local universities?  Will these people find jobs anyway–just at other schools?

If EPISD was forthcoming about the real numbers maybe their teachers could calm down.

Hopefully some of our readers will help us to understand.

We deserve bettter.


Water or Coke?

July 15, 2018

Dan Wever sent this in:


 Water or Coke? 



#1.   75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated..
(Likely applies to half the world population) 

#2.     In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
 that it is mistaken for hunger. 

#3.   Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%. 

#4.  One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs 
  for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
 Washington study. 

#5.     Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue. 

#6.   Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of 
    water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
 for up to 80% of sufferers. 

#7.   A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term 
    memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
 the computer screen or on a printed page. 

#8..   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of 
  colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
 cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
 bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
 you should drink every day? 


#1.   In many states the highway patrol carries 
    two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
 the highway after a car accident. 

#2.     You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
 and it will be gone in two days. 

#3.    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the 
  toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour,
 then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
 stains from vitreous china. 

#4.   To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: 
    Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
 Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola. 

#5.   To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour 
   a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
 away the corrosion. 

#6.  To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
 to the rusted bolt for several minutes. 

#7.   To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
 Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix
 with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy. 

#8.  To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
 through a regular cycle.. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
 grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your


#1     the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
 It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
 acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
 contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis. 

#2.   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the
 commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
 cards reserved for highly corrosive materials. 

#3.   The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
 engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? 

or Coke? 

Juarez killings

July 14, 2018

A loyal reader tipped us off to the fact that 22 people were killed in a 24 hour period in Juarez just a couple of weeks ago.

El Paso suffers from the perception that the violence might spill over to the United States side.

Certainly the violence does not make it easy to recruit new businesses.

We deserve better




Consistently losing

July 13, 2018

The May 2014 third quarter operating report for Sun Metro showed that they reported 12,471,000 riders so for that year.  They computed each ride as costing $2.73 and told us that they were recovering 30.34% from the fare box.

This year’s May 2018 third quarter operating report has them reporting 9,928,000 for the same period of time as the 2014 report.  Each ride cost $3.63 and they reported fare box recovery of 15.67%.

That means that they have had a 21% drop in ridership, a 33% increase in costs, and are recovering at half of their 2014 percentage.

It is time for them to consider new approaches.

What they are doing is failing and we are paying for it.

We deserve better


Extra capacity?

July 12, 2018

We have been told that the rationale for closing ten EPISD elementary schools is that they are not being used to capacity.

In the case of Rivera elementary we have been told that the school is operating at 51 percent of capacity.

Why then does Rivera have six portable classrooms?  Isn’t there enough room in the permanent classrooms for the children?  Or is it possible that the six portables have been used to add “capacity”?

According to the Times the other schools are Moye, Beall, Bonham, Rusk, Alta Vista, Hawkins, Johnson, and Roberts.

If any of our readers pass by these schools we would appreciate hearing from them as to how many portables (if any) the schools have.

We deserve better


Who should the planners be?

July 11, 2018

This came in from Max Grossman:

Dear Friends,

The Texas Attorney General is a busy man. He just announced that he is seeking to remove 8 of 13 members of the Planning Commission of Austin for being “directly or indirectly connected to real estate and land development,” in violation of the Austin City Charter.

QUESTION: Do we in El Paso have any folks on our Historic Landmark Commission, City Plan Commission or El Paso County Historical Commission who are connected to real estate and land development? Absolutely yes! Anyone on City Council? Yes. Are there any entangling connections between the real estate/development community and our City Government?

Mr. Paxton, please come to El Paso and help us break out of this death grip…


Our city charter does not have a provision like this.

Should it?

We deserve better



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