Are you angry?

March 12, 2018

The El Paso Herald Post published a guest op-ed piece the other day that I suspect discussed the community that contributes to this blog.

You can read it here:

It is unfortunate when we lose the ability to differ on issues of policy and instead argue based on personal attacks.

From the piece:

Being a blog that mostly caters to angry-at-local-politics folks, or people that are just angry in general for having to pay any taxes at all for anything, the echo-chamber cacophony of agreement crescendoed into a roar of annoyance and outrage.

Most of us are quite capable of speaking for ourselves.  It was inappropriate for the author to conclude that someone is angry, or why we might be angry for that matter.

His op-ed piece makes many valid points and at the same time he was factually wrong when he wrote “A student that goes to a charter school takes their funding with them”.  Yes the school district loses the money if gets from the state, but the local property tax money still goes to the school district.

Then again maybe he was talking about another blog.

We deserve better




March 11, 2018

This came in from a loyal reader the other day:

I’m learning about terms new to me all the time.  Today I read about  nativism.  This is the policy of or predisposition toward protecting the interests of native-born over foreign-born.   In reading I found that the Left uses this term to describe the Right, such as Trump’s desire to have a travel ban or build a wall.  I’m not sure what group they placed me in today, but I might have some national or Texan nativism.

I was thinking about human’s long history of protecting native born.  Then I thought about El Paso specifically.  One of the first questions I get from a native of El Paso is, “Where are you from?”  When I state an area of town, they say, “No, I mean where were you born?”.  A native of El Paso frequently recalls the high school he attended when answering.  I think El Paso has a strong nativism predisposition.  No value judgement here; I think it just is.  Most people are still very friendly to me even though I’m not a native.
Unfortunately, I now know about another ‘…ism’ and way to group people.  I wish to not be classified and grouped.  I am me.
The Wizard

UTEP athletics

February 25, 2018

An alert reader tipped us off to this.

According to the slide below UTEP loses more money on its athletic program than it makes.

The slide says that they raise $14.4 million in revenue and end up losing $18.0 million.

The numbers are from 2015-2016.  They actually won some football games that year.

We deserve better


Bribing the public

February 18, 2018

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

Alexis de Tocqueville

Community forum

February 16, 2018

This came in from Xavier Miranda:

The following link is an invitation to our community forum on the 17th of February. For your consideration.
I hope to see you at the forum.

Mesa street input for TXDOT

February 15, 2018

The Texas department of transportation is conducting a survey to get our thoughts about what they should change on Mesa street.

This link will take you to the survey.

We deserve better


Times change

February 10, 2018

This is from a 1921 city directory:

We deserve better


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