A loyal and helpful reader sent this in:
[P] Last Texas Legislative Session — there was a bill to reduce the property tax increase rollback trigger from the current level of 8-percent — down to the range of 4-percent. Of course all the local governments used our local legislative delegation and lobbyists to oppose the legislation. I always felt the local blogs like your’s — were good vehicles to let readers’ and posters know — they could provide ‘citizen’s input’ directly to governmental leaders outside El Paso. That direct ‘citizen’s input’ lets those legislative leaders outside El Paso know — that unlike what our local legislative delegation says — people want controls over tax increases — and resent some of these costly transportation projects like the street cars, BRIO bus routes, and little used bike lanes — while they must put up daily with shitty, uneven, potholed streets with badly faded roadway stripping.
[P] The blogs like your’s — have taken the place of the old local call in talk radio shows which are no longer on the air. The Times is a shell of its former self — plus the INC is a once a week newspaper — which like the Times pushes and agrees with what the city and county, to include UMC and Children’s Hospital — always does. Even though the TV stations from time to time do good reports — their reporting is uneven as they jump from story to story — and daily give emphasis to auto wrecks and local people-on-people violence Other than the blogs — today there is no vehicle for ‘citizen’s concern and input.’
[P] Finally, the blogs can be used — to let concerned citizens know about voter driven initiatives — like that Westside Lost Dog Trail petition — etc. By simply providing a link to a website those petition supporters may have — you provide a powerful vehicle for information dissemination. And if those petition supporters — would post a copy of their petition — that readers can download and send in — they vastly can increase their petition success rate.
[P] Hope these thoughts help. In addition, City Councilman Rivera and Councilwoman Hernandez — send out informative e-mail newsletter each week. Ask them to put you are their e-mailing list as It can give you a ‘heads up’ alert on some of the city’s issues.