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18 years ago today

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 09/11/2019 - 5:00am

Let us pause to remember September 11, 2001.

Are we better prepared today?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Patriot Day 2019

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:00pm
It is a Day of Remembrance. These are courtesy of Cagle Cartoons:  
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While you weren't looking and other stuff

Refuse the Juice - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 7:26am
A few weeks ago council passed a little thing that should have sent Grossman through the roof. I guess he wasn't watching the agenda. In the last session the Texas Legislature made it a lot harder for people like Grossman... Brad Kanus
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P-Tech

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 09/10/2019 - 5:00am

Dan Wever recently pointed out to us that P-Tech is coming to EPISD.

I’m finding it hard to figure out what this really is but I found this from the Texas Education Agency:

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) is an open-enrollment program that provides students with work-based education. P-TECH programs:

    • Provide students grade 9 through 12 the opportunity to complete a course of study that combines high school and post-secondary courses.
    • Within six years, enable students to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training.
    • Allow students to gain work experience through an internship, apprenticeship, or other job training programs.
    • Partner with Texas Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) and regional businesses and industries, giving students access to post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities.
Help wanted

We would appreciate input from any of our readers who are knowledgeable about the topic.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

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The US Cannot Win A War

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:00pm
The ghosts of Vietnam remain present within the United States military. It is the realization that the most […]
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UTEP football

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 09/09/2019 - 5:00am

What are your thoughts about what should be done with the UTEP football program?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Spreading The Word Versus Imposing The Word

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 09/08/2019 - 10:00pm
As a Christian, one of the fundamental dictums I embrace is to spread The Word. “Go ye into […]
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Politics as usual

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 09/08/2019 - 8:36am

I can’t help but wonder how much money the city is going to spend for outside lawyers because of city council’s decision to call a special election to replace one of the city representatives.

Our mayor seems to be leading the charge on this.

Will he and his group come up with a candidate to fill this seat.

Is this about what’s right (did she commit an act that caused her automatic resignation) or about getting a supporting vote on city council?

Or is it about both?

Either way it looks like this will cost us more money.

We deserve better

Brutus

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El Paso CAD - BTFO

Max Powers - Sun, 09/08/2019 - 7:39am
To all property tax paying persons of El Paso, you all have some good news finally. Your property appraisals are going to drop and drop fast. Or at least they should Per your hometown hero, Roberto O'Rourke, El Paso will be uninhabitable in eight years. Or so he told America... Max Powers
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RumpToons No: 149

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 09/07/2019 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 149!
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What You Need to Know about Mexico

El Daily Post - Sat, 09/07/2019 - 10:56am
Mexico produced 5,600 MT silver in 2017, making it the largest producer of silver in the world. If you get
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Saturday

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 09/07/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

 

We deserve better

Brutus

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Texas probably isn't purple in the near future...

Refuse the Juice - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 11:17am
Yes, I hear you guys - let's talk a little about the state of the state today. Beto's incredible run for senate kind of threw the entire state's political realities into question. What people are struggling with is one big... Brad Kanus
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Remember this in November

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 09/06/2019 - 5:17am

Well they got us again.

In Maximum tax increase from the city we pointed out that while city council took a preliminary vote to increase our property tax rate to 88 cents per hundred dollars of valuation they simultaneously published notice in the Times that they would increase the rate to 90.73 cents.

When it came time to finalize the budget they used the 90.73 cent rate.  Three of the members that are up for re-election voted against or vetoed the increase.

Note that we did not hear much explanation as to why they voted against the increase.

It seems that they were only concerned with what their vote would like to the voters.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Brexit Is Falling Apart

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:00pm
The first volley in the war against immigrants by far-right xenophobic activists was Brexit, the United Kingdom’s withdrawal […]
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Right in front of their faces

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 09/05/2019 - 5:00am

From a recent presentation to city council:

Let’s see:

  • Local manufacturers buy $39 billion of goods and services each year
  • Local suppliers provide 2% of that
Duh

If city council thinks it is responsible for economic development why don’t they focus on finding ways to raise the percentage above 2% instead of giving money away for water resorts and sports stadiums?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Sam’s Club Technology Fail

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:00pm
Like most people in Florida, last week I spent the latter part of the week preparing for hurricane […]
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Election Notes

Refuse the Juice - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 11:27am
Poor Rep. Hernandez-not-Brown came up short on the vote and she's out. I don't think her Op-Ed was wise. It didn't make anyone on council happier and it surely didn't make her look that great in the public eye. Her... Brad Kanus
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Not doing her job

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 09/04/2019 - 5:00am

At the August 6, 2019 meeting of city council our city attorney spoke about ethics training as well as council members having a better understanding of Roberts Rules of Order.

Then astoundingly she indicated that having a more robust understanding of Roberts Rules would help even her.

Doing her job

Unfortunately this council as well as past councils has appointed the city attorney to also be the city parliamentarian.  This job should be done by someone who is not dependent upon the good will of city council.

She should know the rules backwards and forwards.  She should see to it that council meetings are conducted using those rules since council has voted to use them.

The job of city parliamentarian has been assigned to her.  She should have learned the rules before the very next council meeting.

While we’re at it

She should also see to it that council takes no action that is illegal.  She should be completely familiar with the Texas Open Meetings Act and see to it that the act is obeyed.

Further

She should also see to it that the rules about providing backup material when items are placed on the agenda.  Too often presentations are made at council meetings without them having been made available for viewing by the public 72 hours before a meeting.

If she doesn’t have time to handle these things she might assign one of her ample staff to do them for her.

Otherwise she should resign as parliamentarian.

We deserve better

Brutus

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The Beto Moment?

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:00pm
Beto O’Rourke’s quest for the presidency fizzled into oblivion. The campaign remains stagnant at less than two percent […]
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