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City of El Paso debt=$2,670,400,000, county and school district debt=$1,600,000,000. Total $4.27 billion. Your share $19,350
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EPISD situation

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 5:13am

A loyal reader with sent this in:

EPISD has decided on a course of action this year for the high schools that is bound to have an impact.  In past years, high school students during final exams (EOC finals) have been able to come in, review, and then leave if they were exempt from the exam (90 or better). If they had to take the final, they could leave as soon as they finished. Leave as in leave school. EPISD decided to keep all students in their classes this year, but not tell them that the finals process and procedures had changed until the day of the finals.  Keeping this info from students is really dumb, but keeping it from parents is inexcusable.  And making a change this late just confirms they are a district without a plan.

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While not earth shattering it does seem strange that they would do this at the last minute.

Many of the EPISD employees have told me stories recently about EPISD officials that are dictatorial and turn vengeful when confronted.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Pay attention to the EPISD board of trustees election

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 5:00am

Jaime Abeytia makes an interesting observation in this blog piece on the Lion Star Blog.

If you live on the west side of El Paso and intend to vote in the EPISD election I suggest that you read it.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Literarity book shop is worth a visit

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 5:00am

Mr. Michael Bray wrote about independent bookstore day this Saturday  and asked “WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AND WHY?”.

My answer is unequivocal, Literarity.

They are located at 5400 North Mesa and have a facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LiterarityBooks/

Why?

The shop offers a selection of books that has been carefully curated by the owners.

They are a married couple that share a love of fine things including books.

Visiting the shop and talking with them is a treat in itself even if you do not buy something, although with their low prices and remarkably wide selection I find it hard to leave there empty handed.

I have never found a store like it in El Paso and recommend it without reservation.

This is better

Brutus

 

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Sound off

Sat, 04/27/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

Sound off.

If you can spare the time send a note to your elected officials telling them what you think.

Brutus

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Facebook

Fri, 04/26/2019 - 5:00am

Last week I tried to use two different web based commercial services that required that I log in through Facebook.

I declined.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Some say it’s an obligation

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 5:00am

Early voting for the May 2019 election is from Monday, April 22, 2019 through Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Follow this link for a list of the early voting places:

https://epcountyvotes.com/quick_links/early_voting

Please exercise your right to vote.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Do you like your child’s teacher?

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 5:00am

The other side of the teacher’s union mailer the other day looked like this:

Their five questions are not the ones that I would focus on.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Directory of your state elected officials

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 5:00am

Take a look at this handy web page:

https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home

Enter your address and you will see who your elected officials are at the state level.

You can then click on the official’s name and see various ways to contact them.

More of us need to take the time to tell these people what we are thinking.

We deserve better

Brutus

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This may be legal, but is it right?

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 5:00am

Will someone please explain to me how an EPISD board member can have his organization participate in a one million dollar project with EPISD?

This has not passed yet but will be back on an agenda soon.

Mr. Velarde is both a board member and the executive director of the company that they propose doing business with.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Happy Easter

Sun, 04/21/2019 - 5:00am

Happy Easter

Can you imagine me as the Easter Bunny?

Be nice!

Brutus

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Your day

Sat, 04/20/2019 - 5:00am

Saturday = your day

Tell us what’s on your mind.

Brutus

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What a mess

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 5:00am

The El Paso Federation of Teachers sent out this mailer the other day:

I can understand their attack on her apparent lying but feel as though the picture was a cheap shot.

Isn’t it unfortunate that a teacher’s union had to spend money to get the word out?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Call your state representative

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 5:49am

A regular reader posted a comment the other day that deserves promotion.

S/he wrote:

BRUTUS: On page 9A of today’s El Paso TIMES, there is a short clip titled “Property tax bill clears Senate over backlash by big cities.”

This might be a TOPIC for tomorrow, since it’s an effort to CAP yearly property tax increases to 3.5% for cities and 2.5% for school districts.

Could not find this article on the TIMES website, but did find it at the Texas Tribune and other Texas newspaper websites.

Since some posters on your website have such galactic ‘shit fits’ over local taxes; it might be HELPFUL for those Texas legislators OUTSIDE El Paso pushing this bill, to hear from El Paso taxpayers who like the idea. Also let the Texas Governor and LT. Governor know.

Of course our local elected officials are ‘scared shitless’ over this initiative! Remember: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”

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The bill has different house and senate versions but has passed in the senate.

It was filed back in November of 2016.  It appears as though it will be considered during this congressional session.

Hope springs eternal.

We deserve better

Brutus

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EPISD graduation ceremonies

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 5:00am

Here is the schedule for commencement exercises for the EPISD schools:

Will El Paso High be given the money that they are not spending over at UTEP?

We deserve better

Brutus

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Contradictory goals

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 5:00am

Our state senator recently wrote a guest column for the El Paso Times.

In it he stated that the new UTEP president “is not representative of this community”.

What is he saying?

Is it because she is from out of town?  Is it because of her political party affiliations?  I hope that he does not mean that her ethnicity should disqualify her.

He further stated that he looks forward to working to see “that the campus remains free, open and embracing of El Paso’s diversity.”

It seems to be that these two points contradict each other.  Doesn’t diversity require variety in who works there?

It is troubling to me that the senator chose to vent publicly instead of through channels.  What do we gain when our state senator openly attacks our university president simply because he thinks she is not representative of our community?

We deserve better

Brutus

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EPISD–election concerns

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 5:00am

Unfortunately it does not look like the situation with the EPISD board of trustees is getting any better.

In the election for the district 7 representative we are now hearing that she may have been misstating her credentials.

Proving what she claims (10 years of teaching experience at EPISD and a degree from UTEP) should not be difficult but at the time this post was written she has failed to do so.

Particularly troubling is that she was not elected to her current position on the board but instead was chosen by the current board to fill a vacancy.  We would have thought that the board would conduct a background check before they chose her.

In the district 6 race we have a candidate that might in fact reside in district 7.  Once again the issue should be pretty easy to resolve but we have heard nothing.

We deserve better

Brutus

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Feral government

Sun, 04/14/2019 - 5:00am

There was a little bit of back chatter this week about our use of the words “feral government”.

Some even inquired as to what feral means.

From merriam-webster.com:

  1:  of, relating to, or suggestive of a wild beast 2anot domesticated or cultivated  2bhaving escaped from domestication and become wild We deserve better Brutus
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Saturday

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 5:00am

Saturday is the day where the readers tell us what they are thinking.

Please do so.

Brutus

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Confusing to say the least

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 5:00am

Maybe some facts will help us to understand our current situation with the people wanting to enter the United States.

From the United States Customs and Immigration Services website:

 Refugees are generally people outside of their country who are unable or unwilling to return home because they fear serious harm.

You may seek a referral for refugee status only from outside of the United States.

and then:

Under United States law, a refugee is someone who:

    • Is located outside of the United States
    • Is of special humanitarian concern to the United States
    • Demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group
    • Is not firmly resettled in another country
    • Is admissible to the United States

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Asylum status is a form of protection available to people who:

    • Meet the definition of refugee
    • Are already in the United States
    • Are seeking admission at a port of entry

You may apply for asylum in the United States regardless of your country of origin or your current immigration status.

If you are eligible for asylum you may be permitted to remain in the United States

Clear as mud

Let’s see, a refugee “Is located outside of the United States”.

Asylum status is available to those who “Meet the definition of refugee” but “Are already in the United States” or “Are seeking admission at a port of entry”.

We deserve better

Brutus

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by Dr. Radut