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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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Saturday

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

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

Please do so.

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

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

Categories: Local Blogs

Used schools for sale

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 5:00am

When writing Not in my backyard I was hoping to stimulate some conversation about what options the feral government should consider relative to temporarily housing the migrants while they are being processed.

We did get a few ideas.

Let me try again by suggesting that they should look at some of the schools that we are closing.

  • They have a lot of bathrooms
  • They have a kitchen and a dining room
  • They have parking lots
  • They have playgrounds
  • They have classrooms for teaching

Showers would have to be added but in the meantime they could rent trailers like this:

 

The rental or purchase money would help the local taxpayers.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

An attaboy for the city

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 5:00am

I heard a local the other day telling a story that he considered surprising.

Evidently while crossing a major street he found one of the pedestrian crossing signal buttons to be inoperative.

He called the city’s 311 number and reported the issue.

Within a week the problem had been fixed.

Isn’t it a shame that he was surprised?

Maybe things are improving over there.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Short on explanations

Tue, 04/09/2019 - 5:00am

This slide was part of a recent presentation at the El Paso Independent School District:

Are they in their own little world or what?

Maybe they are trying to save ink.

I for one don’t know whether kindergarten students not taking the DRA/EDL at BOY was a good thing or not.

Maybe writing in code is considered to be a skill at the district.

If so, maybe I should submit this as my application:

ABCD birds?

LMRNo birds

OSMR birds

MRJ birds

Thanks dad!

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Solutions are out there

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 5:00am

We are hearing about all sorts of capacity problems that our feral government is having with the migrant flood.

Whether we should be accommodating the migrants or not is a policy issue that our local government workers cannot control.  Our current laws evidently allow the flood to happen.  The government employees need to find a way to handle the issue.

Some of the problems sound like they either don’t want to solve the problem or they aren’t thinking.

As an example we heard the other day that they don’t have enough buses to transport the migrants  to wherever they are going to be housed.

We all know that the city has extra Sun Metro buses.  We know that the school districts have a lot of big yellow buses that are not in use during the middle of the day.  For that matter Fort Bliss has buses that they use from time to time.

The readers can probably suggest additional bus sources and alternative ways of transporting the people.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Time for new immigration rules

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 5:00am

Wow!

This migrant crisis certainly has people writing in strong terms.

I try to read each comment on the blog carefully and often don’t understand how some of them indicate that the writer has come to a conclusion about what another writer believes.

Maybe congress should do something about it.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Another week gone by

Sat, 04/06/2019 - 5:00am

It’s Saturday.

What’s on your mind?

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Not in my backyard

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 5:00am

It appears that the old Hoover manufacturing plant located on El Paso’s west side is being considered by the feral government for use as a migrant processing center.

This idea is not being well received by some of El Paso’s business community.

“We urge the GSA and CBP to develop a long-term solution, which addresses these needs, which may involve new construction and which does not compromise the economic development opportunities in El Paso or the Borderplex region,”

Economic development

It seems that economic development is more important to some than finding a way to try to take care of the basic needs of the migrants.

We have a crisis in that the migrants are being housed under dangerous conditions.

Whether they should be let in the country, or how they got here, or who they are is not the issue right this minute.

If our policy is to let them in the country while their individual stories are being evaluated, then we need to provide them with adequate shelter.

Our congress needs to fix our immigration system.  Few of us have hope that they will do that soon.

In the meantime we need to deal with the mess that has been created.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

City maintained streets

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

Follow this link if you would like to see a city supplied interactive map that indicates which government is responsible for maintaining individual streets.

Personally I think that the title “City Maintained Streets” is a misnomer. The streets that they have actually maintained can be shown on a much smaller map.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Name that school

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 5:00am

EPISD is taking school name nominations for the new northeast middle school.

From their web site:

Applications will be accepted from to March 28 to April 18. Applicants must use the school name nomination form and submit it via email to episdbond@episd.org with the subject line “Nomination for New Northeast Middle School.” Additional documentation may be submitted along with the form.

Be certain to spell each word in the subject line correctly.  Capitalization is evidently important too.

The form is available here 

I was thinking of Deferred Maintenance as the name.

We deserve better

Brutus

 

Categories: Local Blogs

local presidential candidate

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 5:00am

We have not had a discussion about our local candidate for the presidency of the United States.

What do you think his chances are?

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs

Not likely

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 5:23am

Each of our local elected officials has promised to act in the better interest of the public today.

April Fool.

We deserve better

Brutus

Categories: Local Blogs


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