May 15, 2018
So which is it?
Is the city attorney retiring, resigning, or being terminated?
If she is retiring as she has said, the six months of salary that the city has agreed to pay her is a violation of the state constitution according to a recent article in the Times.
Resigning would also make the payout illegal.
If however she is being terminated, her contract evidently provides for six months of severance.
Can’t anyone be honest about this?
We deserve better
January 26, 2018
David K over at Refuse The Juice posted an interesting article the other day. You can read it here.
Many of our readers are under the mistaken belief that newspapers are supposed to be impartial.
It is true that many newspapers are less blatant in their bias than the Times.
January 20, 2018
Read this on the Sign of Zoro blog.
How can something like this happen?
If responsibility for fact checking is now being done out of town I can see how an out of town person might miss this.
The original picture and the caption had to come from a local person though, or am I wrong?
The Times did print a front page correction the next day:
A file photo on a story about Burnet Elementary School that ran on the front page of Thursday’s edition listed Dori Fenenbock as president of the El Paso Independent School District board of trustees. Fenenbock resigned from the board in August.
Their correction explains that they used a file photo. It does not explain how the caption came about, nor does it say “we regret the error”.
We deserve better
September 4, 2017
The Times reported the other day that our new mayor is leading an effort to return the city to a five day work week instead of the four day week that they went to under the former city manager.
This is good news.
If they do it we will at least have an opportunity to approach our elected officials after the city council agenda is posted on Thursday afternoon.
In some cases (like this week) the agenda is posted on Thursday afternoon, the city is closed on Friday, and there is a holiday on Monday thus denying citizens the ability to reach out to council members.
This is better
August 16, 2017
We are surprised that only one group (KVIA TV) reported the fact that YISD will receive $215 million to help pay for the $430 million bond issue that was approved.
KVIA wrote about and quoted the YISD superintendent:
De La Torre also pointed to additional state funding in the form of Existing Debt Allotment and Instructional Facilities Allotment.
“It’s a $430.5 million bond. But in terms of the burden to our community it’s a $215.25 million bond and that’s all they are being asked to pay for because the state is paying for the other half,” De La Torre said.”
As far as we can see the Times has not mentioned the $215 million. They attributed the district’s tax decrease to:
District officials said the decrease is due to favorable market conditions during the bond sale and a slight increase in state funding for existing debt and for an allotment that helps offset the cost of building new instructional facilities.
In our neck of the woods $215 million in tax relief is worth writing about.
We deserve better
June 21, 2017
The battle between two of our potential congressional candidates (the county judge and the president of the EPISD school board) is heating up.
We are beginning to see articles in the Times that shine light on problems relating to the EPISD superintendent and the board president. It would be nice if these articles were the result of the Times doing good investigative reporting about our local governments. Instead, it looks to us that the Times is trying to influence the upcoming election. Without regard to their motivation, we are thankful for their coverage.
The latest article dealt with travel expenses racked up by the superintendent and the board president. Evidently the superintendent and board president have been living it up while traveling on district business.
The Times informed us that the superintendent said he wasn’t familiar with state laws regarding government employee’s travel expenses. What a shame. They also told us that the superintendent has “severe health issues” and must travel in first-class on longer trips. Try applying for a job at the district with “severe health issues”.
We can expect to hear more about this as teachers are being asked bear the brunt of the district’s financial problems.
We deserve better
June 4, 2017
A knowledgeable reader reached out to us the other day and suggested that we are being too hard on the Times.
The reader was employed in the newspaper business many years ago.
He pointed out the difficult financial situation that the Times is in and how, with limited resources, it is hard for the Times to meet our expectations–ones that are based upon older economic and social situations.
He was of course right.
We argued that most of our discontent was with their meddling in the political arena.
As is the case in many discussions we were concerned about different things.
For our part we will endeavor to avoid writing about their functional failures as much as we have.
Unfortunately the Times has not figured out how to remain relevant.
We do feel that what they are doing now is making their situation worse.
Might they change course?