City Council agrees to rename gym after Tapia

Jan 7, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KOB-TV New Mexico

The Albuquerque City Council overwhelming passed a measure that names the gymnasium of the Wells Park Community Center after the late Johnny Tapia.

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explain this to me.

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NMs heros are often criminals, druggies and other vermin. And people wonder why we have such piss poor role models for our youth - DUH!
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NMs heros are often criminals, druggies and other vermin. And people wonder why we have such piss poor role models for our youth - DUH!
I didn't think it was official though....

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NMs heros are often criminals, druggies and other vermin. And people wonder why we have such piss poor role models for our youth - DUH!
Of course progressive liberals would have chosen Manny Aragon so...I'm guessing...this is probably a better choice?

An even BETTER idea would be to name them after our U.S. soldiers and/or their families...
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liar. Manny's name has been taken off buildings. I oppose naming anything after a living person or dead lowlife.

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liar. Manny's name has been taken off buildings. I oppose naming anything after a living person or dead lowlife.
Then I commend you...we can agree on this much at least...

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I didn't think it was official though....
Looks pretty official to me.
The Albuquerque City Council overwhelmingly passed a measure that names the gymnasium of the Wells Park Community Center after the late Johnny Tapia. The bill also allows a donated statue of Tapia to be raised in his honor on city property.

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liar. Manny's name has been taken off buildings. I oppose naming anything after a living person or dead lowlife.
KM never said they were named after Manny, just that prog libs would have probably preferred Manny instead. He stated an opinion is all.

I agree on living/dead. Too bad Richardson got bldgs named after him, Dominici too, be they deadbeats or otherwise.
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Looks pretty official to me.
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questioning that it happened, just remarking that I didn't realize that the common observation of the twisted local values is actual policy.

Had there been some good news about this guy or some redemption in the last 10 years, I might be more sympathetic to the idea. But his limited accomplishments were in a violent thug sport that disfigures the body and the mind and his life was at best)a cautionary tale of how not to live and die. So none of this makes any sense to me.
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he had his faults, he had a temper, he had CHARACTER. He also had a family's love and admiration. His life was bigger than most of us.SUCCESS was his. Give his name to a barrio park, where he promoted sports and was well known. Famous name just like that park, make more people as famous as he, and pass on the name for more chicanos to live a BETTER LIFE. HE'S PNE OF US. I KNOW HIS NAME FOR BETTER OR WORSE HE WAS HERE.

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questioning that it happened, just remarking that I didn't realize that the common observation of the twisted local values is actual policy.
Had there been some good news about this guy or some redemption in the last 10 years, I might be more sympathetic to the idea. But his limited accomplishments were in a violent thug sport that disfigures the body and the mind and his life was at best)a cautionary tale of how not to live and die. So none of this makes any sense to me.
Sadly NM has few true role models to look up to. Those that deserve recognition are usually overlooked because they do not promote the bad boy image that is so prevalent in the local culture. Hence why people look past Tapia's continued drug use and excuses for such so they can glorify a local homie. With people portraying such individuals as hero's, no wonder things never change and the local youth remains behind others.
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Correction He's ONE of us.

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he had his faults, he had a temper, he had CHARACTER. He also had a family's love and admiration. His life was bigger than most of us.SUCCESS was his. Give his name to a barrio park, where he promoted sports and was well known. Famous name just like that park, make more people as famous as he, and pass on the name for more chicanos to live a BETTER LIFE. HE'S PNE OF US. I KNOW HIS NAME FOR BETTER OR WORSE HE WAS HERE.
Yes, he was one of us, and he was a good boxer, BUT he was also a continued drug abuser, not once, twice or three times but over and over and over again. If that's what you wish as a role model, then you are no better than he in that respect. There is more to being a role model than just being local. He may have had a caring side, but it was overshadowed by his demons and drugs. NMs children deserve better role models, and if that occurs they may just excel at other things too and become better people because of it.
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liar. Manny's name has been taken off buildings. I oppose naming anything after a living person or dead lowlife.
I agree. That's why Reagan's nname ought to be taken off of everything, too!
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Correction He's ONE of us.
he was not one of us.
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there is a classcal poem written by that sweet lady about all the faults that he had and they counted them one by one but he died so as the poem says: won't matter anymore. CHARACTER, he had character and SURPASSED many a blocking opinion of his strenght, phyical and spiritual. Johnny Tapia deserves his name to be carved in stone for all of us to ponder.'I'm nobody who are you?'
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Yes, he was one of us, and he was a good boxer, BUT he was also a continued drug abuser, not once, twice or three times but over and over and over again. If that's what you wish as a role model, then you are no better than he in that respect. There is more to being a role model than just being local. He may have had a caring side, but it was overshadowed by his demons and drugs. NMs children deserve better role models, and if that occurs they may just excel at other things too and become better people because of it.
I'd have to completely agree with you. We gonna name a small biz center after that guy Reynolds, who was a pimp and drug seller too?
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Sadly NM has few true role models to look up to. Those that deserve recognition are usually overlooked because they do not promote the bad boy image that is so prevalent in the local culture. Hence why people look past Tapia's continued drug use and excuses for such so they can glorify a local homie. With people portraying such individuals as hero's, no wonder things never change and the local youth remains behind others.
wow, I can't believe this is Corndogz posting. Totally spot on, dude!

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