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Max Powers - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 7:33am
200+ pounds of beautiful man there getting some vitamin D, folks. Insert your homophobic jokes now....see what I did there? But seriously, get some vitamin D. Speaking of getting some D, what is up with Dee Margo? Maybe I heard it wrong, but you guys can clarify. He is shutting... Max Powers
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A fair question?

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 5:00am

Elrichboy over at published an interesting post about the the ownership of El Paso Electric and The El Paso Times.

It seems that the same investment firm has significant ownership of both companies.

We should have at least expected the Times to tell us that.

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The Oil Economy Disaster Under Corona

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:00pm
Many of you may have noticed that the price of gasoline has gone down considerably over the last […]
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Power play foiled

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 5:00am

City council rejected an ordinance that would have required three city council members to agree to put an item on their agenda.

No one would say where this came from but it is a bad idea.

Any city council member should be able to place an item on the agenda.

This is better


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For Most The Stimulus Checks Are Not Free Money

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 10:00pm
Many readers are anticipating the stimulus checks that are expected to begin arriving in bank accounts in the […]
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My review of Xánath Caraza’s Metztli, as published in la bloga

El Paso News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 7:41pm
Review of Metztli at la bloga Metztli Edición bilingüe by Xánath Caraza (Capitulo Siete; Coacalco de Berriozábal, Estado de México, 2018) Translation by Sandra Kingery and Kaitlyn Hipple Review by Donna Snyder In Aztec mythology, “Metztli” is a god or goddess of the moon. Gender is fluid. In some traditions, Metztli fears the Sun’s fire, in […]
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No competition

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 5:00am

The city’s Emergency Measures ordinance has some unfairness built into it.

Why for example do bookstores have to close yet Walmart and Target are allowed to sell books?

How are title companies essential?

Sporting goods stores are closed but you can buy those items at Walmart and Target.

Why can you buy clothes at Walmart and Target but department stores and local shops are closed?

Should the city prohibit the sale of certain items instead of letting the big box stores do whatever they want?

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Undocumented Immigrants Sustain The Country

EPN - Border Analysis - Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:00pm
There are many who argue that undocumented immigrants do not pay taxes and are a burden to American […]
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Does nobody care?

ElPasoSpeak - Mon, 03/30/2020 - 5:00am

The Tuesday, March 31, 2020 city council agenda has this item on it:

That the Mayor be authorized to sign an Interlocal Agreement between the City of El Paso (“City”) and the University of Texas at El Paso (“University”), for a period of 12 months, whereby the parties agree the University shall assist the City by assigning University employees, faculty and/or staff who are trained in, among other issues, nucleic acid extraction and PCR methods, to assist the City and the City Department of Public Health in the testing of community specimens for COVID-19.  This Interlocal Agreement requires the City to reimburse the University for services and equipment in an amount not to exceed $200,000.00 over the term of the Interlocal Agreement. Got it

The public health department needs help in its laboratories.

Don’t understand

What we don’t understand is why the city has to pay UTEP.  Clearly there are a lot of UTEP laboratory trained people that have reduced work loads right now but are still being paid with public money.

Why can’t these people just volunteer?

Or absent volunteers why can’t UTEP just reassign the duties of a few of them while the need exists?

Why do local taxpayers have to fork over $200 thousand dollars?

Won’t the city have to assign an administrator to handle the billing?  Won’t UTEP have to assign an administrator to create the bills?  How much will that cost?


Do the leaders involved think that the only way to get things done is to pay people?

Could it be that they would never think of doing something for the public good for free and thus cannot imagine anyone else doing it?

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Mexican Air Force Evacuates Mexicans From Cuba Due To Coronavirus

EPN - Border Analysis - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 10:00pm
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Mexican Air Force with the help of Mexico’s Foreign Relations Department evacuated […]
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Wise guy

ElPasoSpeak - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 5:00am

It seems that at one time or another I have offended many of our readers.

While never intended, if it is the cost of stimulating public interest in our local situation then I guess it must be.

At 16 years old Benjamin Franklin wrote this under the pen name Silence Dogood:

I am very sensible that it is impossible for me, or indeed any one Writer to please all Readers at once. Various Persons have different Sentiments; and that which is pleasant and delightful to one, gives another a Disgust. He that would (in this Way of Writing) please all, is under a Necessity to make his Themes almost as numerous as his Letters. He must one while be merry and diverting, then more solid and serious; one while sharp and satyrical, then (to mollify that) be sober and religious; at one Time let the Subject be Politicks, then let the next Theme be Love: Thus will every one, one Time or other find some thing agreeable to his own Fancy, and in his Turn be delighted.

I thank you for your continued interest in the blog.  My preference would be that some of the comments the readers make about each other be more civilly constructed.  A point can be made without being rude.

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RumpToons No: 178

EPN - Border Analysis - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 10:00pm
I hope you enjoy RumpToons No: 178!
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Open line Saturday

ElPasoSpeak - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

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Why tell the truth when a lie is more dramatic?

ElPasoSpeak - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 5:00am

Maybe I have this backward but if the current idea is to keep people from congregating the announcement below doesn’t make sense:

The streetcars may be the safest public places in town.

I suspect that the real reason for doing this is to save money, an effort that I support.

Honesty seems to be in short supply from the city.

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All Workers Are Essential Notwithstanding Government Orders

EPN - Border Analysis - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 10:00pm
Typically, the government creates two standards of people, those it deems worthy and those it does not. This […]
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Forgetting what it’s all about

ElPasoSpeak - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 5:00am

At the Tuesday, March 17, 2020 city council meeting I believe the mayor made a motion to delete the pledge of allegiance from the agenda.

No explanation was given.

I would hope that city council supports our country.

Maybe they thought that they were too busy that day.

Shame on them!

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Important Questions About The Proposed Stimulus Checks

EPN - Border Analysis - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:00pm
Many taxpayers are excited to know that Congress is on the verge of sending each American taxpayer about […]
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Not today

ElPasoSpeak - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 5:00am

In 1722 Silence Dogwood wrote her first letter to The New-England Courant a Boston newspaper. Silence Dogwood was a pseudonym used by the 16 year old Benjamin Franklin.  Evidently his older brother, the owner and publisher of the Courant would not print his pieces so Benjamin wrote under the persona of a middle-aged woman.

It began,


It may not be possible in the first Place to inform your Readers, that I intend once a Fortnight to present them, by the Help of this Paper, with a short Epistle, which I presume will add somewhat to their Entertainment.

And since it is observed, that the Generality of People, nowadays, are unwilling either to commend or dispraise what they read, until they are in some measure informed who or what the Author of it is, whether he be poor or rich, old or young, a Schollar or a Leather Apron Man, &c. and give their Opinion of the Performance, according to the Knowledge which they have of the Author’s Circumstances, it may not be amiss to begin with a short Account of my past Life and present Condition, that the Reader may not be at a Loss to judge whether or no my Lucubrations are worth his reading.[2]

Not now

Much of public comment today is based upon a partial reading of material and is made based upon personal bias and not upon the merit or lack of merit of the piece.

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It Is The Economy…

EPN - Border Analysis - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 10:00pm
Donald Trump is singularly focused on the American economy and not the Corona pandemic. The reason is self-preservation. […]
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Switching gears

ElPasoSpeak - Tue, 03/24/2020 - 7:59am

Maybe The El Paso Times would be well served to follow the lead of the The New-England Courant which in 1721 was a publication that published literary pieces and humorous essays as well as local news.

The Courant was popular because it published content that interested the public.

Unfortunately much of what we read in the Times today was already published by various electronic methods.

They could cover also cover local issues more thoroughly rather than just passing on what the local government agencies want us to see.

Many of the functions of our local governments are shut down right now.

At least we don’t have to worry as much about whatever corrosive action they are taking.

I think I’ll take my own advice and publish some works that you might find interesting.

We deserve better


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