Property owners stretched to the limit

July 23, 2019

The note below was a letter to the editor in the El Paso Times recently:

Property owners stretched to the limit

Why are property owners in El Paso constantly being asked to cough up more money?

Paving streets and operating within allotted budgets seems would be a priority. Costly ballpark, a demolished City Hall, the trolley car debacle, missing millions, new bus terminals and empty buses, and tax abatements for new businesses for years. Guess who is shouldering this cost?

Combine that with our dysfunctional school system, with their bond money, that would choke a donkey. Wages here aren’t in line with our progress. My quality of life doesn’t allow me to water my lawn anymore.

As a taxpayer, wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a bond election every time your checkbook was short?

Greg Allen

West El Paso

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Well said Mr. Allen.

We deserve better

Brutus


Is there something else here?

May 6, 2019

The El Paso Times published a report on April 26, 2019 that informed us that over a month earlier an El Paso businessman and government board member had had an emotional meltdown over a failing relationship with his girlfriend.

The report was a step by step, almost minute by minute, accounting of what seems to have happened.

It seems odd that the Times would pick up on a personal matter that had happened over a month before publishing their article.  Was this the work of someone who wanted to put the person in a bad light.

It is also odd to me that the Times would go into such detail about the incident when they provide only the most superficial coverage of local government meetings.

We deserve better

Brutus


Contradictory goals

April 16, 2019

Our state senator recently wrote a guest column for the El Paso Times.

In it he stated that the new UTEP president “is not representative of this community”.

What is he saying?

Is it because she is from out of town?  Is it because of her political party affiliations?  I hope that he does not mean that her ethnicity should disqualify her.

He further stated that he looks forward to working to see “that the campus remains free, open and embracing of El Paso’s diversity.”

It seems to be that these two points contradict each other.  Doesn’t diversity require variety in who works there?

It is troubling to me that the senator chose to vent publicly instead of through channels.  What do we gain when our state senator openly attacks our university president simply because he thinks she is not representative of our community?

We deserve better

Brutus


Times not paying attention

March 25, 2019

Do they even read what the publish?

The deputy is in critical condition in a hospital.

We deserve better

Brutus


El Paso Times subscription costs

March 17, 2019

This came in from a loyal reader:

 

Got my subscription [for the El Paso Times)] renewal  invoice in the mail yesterday:  $469.20.

 

I called the 800 number and spoke to JV.  He thanked me for being a long time subscriber (he insisted he was in El Paso, but sounded a lot like he was in Calcutta).  I said that I hoped the bill was for a five-year renewal period, but he replied that it was only for a year.

 

I pointed out that I paid $260 in 2016, $261 in 2017, and $330 in 2018.  I then asked to speak to someone with authority.

 

After a short pause to check, JV told me that he will send a new invoice for $336.

 

Candidly, the main reason I subscribe to the Times is that they deliver my Wall Street Journal.


What will the Times do?

February 27, 2019

Max Grossman sent this in:

I am extremely pleased to report that Aaron Montes, one of the most driven and talented local investigative reporters in modern memory, has announced that he has been appointed Government Reporter of the El Paso Times. The new hire could not come at a better time. A few months ago our venerable daily lost veteran reporters Elida Perez and Aileen Flores, and we just learned that the Austin correspondent, Madlin Mekelberg, resigned in order to work for the Austin Statesman.
Aaron distinguished himself at the El Paso Inc as an excellent journalist, investigating issues that many of his colleagues in the media refused to touch. As the only El Paso Times reporter specifically assigned to our City and County, we can be certain that the public will be better informed than ever before. I have no doubt that Aaron’s reports will serve as a strong check against government overreach and corruption.
Congratulations Aaron!
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Now the question is “will the Times allow him to report what he knows or will they censor him?”
We deserve better
Brusut

EPISD disappoints again

February 19, 2019

The EPISD school board president just resigned.

He evidently told the Times that he no longer lives within the district.

From the district’s policy manual:

A person elected or appointed to serve as a board member must
remain a resident of the district throughout the term of office. A
board member who ceases to reside in the district vacates the office.

Tex. Const., Art. XVI, Sec. 14;

Prince v. Inman, 280 S.W.2d 779 (Tex. Civ. App.—Beaumont 1955, no writ);

Whitmarsh v. Buckley, 324 S.W.2d 298 (Tex. Civ. App.—Houston 1959, no writ)

It appears that the Texas constitution, Texas statutes, and local board policy make are clear.

Question

When did the trustee move out of the district that he represented?

Did he participate in decisions that he had no right to be involved in?

We deserve better

Brutus


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