This should not happen

January 27, 2020

I went to lunch the other day with two twenty year old university students.

They are bright, articulate and hard working.

Both went to high school here in El Paso.

I was surprised to learn that neither was aware that we had a state legislature.  I had to explain that their are state senators and national senators.  The title “congressman” was confusing to them.  They did not know the difference between a senator and a representative.

Our education system failed here.

We deserve better

Brutus


Is it impossible for the government to give money back?

January 26, 2020

I heard on the radio the other day that the state of New Mexico has a budget surplus of $800 million this year.

I then heard about some ideas about how to spend part of it like free tuition to the state universities and more money for early childhood education.

What I did not hear anything about is a decrease in their state income tax.

We deserve better

Brutus


Open line Saturday

January 25, 2020

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better

Brutus


Martin Luther King Jr.

January 20, 2020

Today we pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. a leader in the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Brutus


Open line Saturday

January 18, 2020

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

We deserve better

Brutus


Gasoline prices

January 15, 2020

I went through Alamogordo, New Mexico last weekend and paid $2.02 for unleaded gasoline.

When I returned to El Paso that same day unleaded gasoline was selling at $2.56 a gallon at the local convenience stores.

The state of New Mexico charges 17 cents per gallon in gasoline taxes while Texas charges 20 cents per gallon.

Can any of the readers explain why gas in Alamogordo was so much cheaper?

We deserve better

Brutus


Danger at night

January 13, 2020

This came in from Helen Marshall:

I am increasingly reluctant to drive at night, and one reason is the growing number of bicycle riders, joggers and walkers who are out after dark in all-black gear, no lights on their bikes or helmets, not even a white sock or scarf.  Do they think that because they can see my car I can see them?  Last night someone in all black clothing ran across Mesa, not far from the Brentwood intersection where he or she would have been able to cross with a traffic signal.  If I had hit that person it presumably would not be my fault…I was traveling under the speed limit…but I’d have nightmares about it for the rest of my life.
If you are one of these invisible persons, or know someone who is, PLEASE tell them to carry something bright, put a light on their bicycle, SOMETHING!
Maybe the bicycle riders groups could discuss this….
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We deserve better
Brutus

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