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Jennie Lasley: EPISD's Plan for Excellence deserves vote ...

Vote Yes. No critic has provided specific examples of waste, fraud or abuse. I have no idea what "Speach" teachers are. The speech specialists employed by the district are used to help those who are lisping, mumbling or otherwise display a speech impediment. How they do it is entirely up to them. If the parents of the children seen aren't complaining, they are probably effective. "Excessive wages"? Excessive to whom? Those who aren't making the same because they lack the credentials or education would probably complain unreasonably. This is the 4th largest district in the state but you want it to make do with staffing like Canutillo? both "vote no" and "xxx" need to go back to school to learn correct grammar, spelling and pronunciation. It is obvious they were the products of EPISD of 20 years ago. In the meantime- pass the TRE. Folks like this will need the tutoring.  (Apr 18, 2010 | post #3)

El Paso Times

El Pasoans rally for immigration reform

His was self inflicted.  (Apr 11, 2010 | post #102)

El Paso Times

El Pasoans rally for immigration reform

And I want to be the first to congratulate ICE and Border Patrol on their efforts to recover license plate numbers and following the participants to their homes. I believe it will be a smaller number next time participating as those illegals today will be back in their respective countries. Good job to MAYA, MECHA and the Border Network as well for providing the names and addresses of the illegals to law enforcement. Couldn't do this without you folks.  (Apr 10, 2010 | post #1)

El Paso Times

Embarrassing: Democratic leaders blast State Rep. Norma C...

Chicago style politics. Just what I've come to expect from all of El Paso's politicians.  (Apr 7, 2010 | post #7)

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Seeking solutions: Ending drug-war violence may take more...

I take it all back. Legalize all the drugs. Throw out the requirement for prescriptions. Sell narcotics, marijuana, PCP in Walgreens. Take the illegal to the legal. One of two things will happen. Folk like Helen and Beto will OD in a matter weeks, along with the other proponents, thereby solving that natural selection problem. Or everyone will be so drugged up, no one will care what happens next. The Portugese experiment indeed. Read the refereed research not the wishful thinkings of a few malcontents.  (Mar 25, 2010 | post #39)

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E. Anthony Martinez: The Ministry of Truth is thriving at...

"In Luke 20:22, Jesus is asked, "Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?" Jesus answers, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God things which be God's." In John 18:36, Jesus says, on his way to the cross, to Pontius Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world." In other words, the state and the church are separate. " At UTEP, they never taught you not to back up misquotes with non-parallels, did they? The quotes you give do NOT mean there is a separation of Church and State- just the opposite as an scholar will tell you. Your diatribe not-withstanding, history should be taught from the center. Not relishing this minorities' contributions or that, but relishing the event creation as the effect of the change. That is the current problem in education. Too much time is spent discussing this or that groups' contribution and not enough on actually what happened and what changed as a result. Stop studying Chicanos, or African Americans, or Chinese Americans or Native Americans or Tejanos, or Texicans. Study the events, learn from them.  (Mar 22, 2010 | post #7)

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Rev. Michael Rodriguez: Church opposes redefinition of mo...

Go get 'em Father Mike!  (Mar 21, 2010 | post #3)

El Paso Times

Seeking solutions: Ending drug-war violence may take more...

Abby- the Border Patrol agents spent time in prison for lying about their actions, repeatedly, under oath and trying to get others to lie for them as well. Had they reported the incident originally, they might have been suspended for awhile. Instead they violated all the oaths they took and the trust of the public. Yes, the thug they shot was a narco. Yes he ran free because they didn't make a report of the incident other than "stopped van which when searched had drugs". Had they said they fired on the fleeing FELON and taken the rap for that, this wouldn't have turned into a pity party for a couple of losers.  (Mar 21, 2010 | post #7)

El Paso Times

Seeking solutions: Ending drug-war violence may take more...

As many European nations discovered, legalizing various drugs such as marijuana does nothing to stop the illegal trade. Nor does it reduce the dependencies the drugs create. I see the benefits of bourbon also but it doesn't mean I'm going to drink it every chance I get. The violence in Mexico is 20 percent drug related and 80 percent related to a war for control of the country's resources. Calderon and the Army on one side, the various thugs, gangs and cartels on the other. The Mexican "government " disarmed the populace years ago. Now the thugs know they have no armed opposition except the military, who are too busy shaking down businesses to enforce the law. And the armaments for the thugs and cartels aren't coming from the US. Why would they pay top dollar when the imports along their coast and from countries south of Mexico give the both quantity and quality? The only made in US weapons the cartels are flaunting are the ones the US sold/gave to the Mexican military as part of the various "aid packages".  (Mar 21, 2010 | post #5)

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Letters: Take initiative: Improve schools

I attended and graduated a couple of times or so from UTEP. And had professors from foreign countries with horrible accents. One of them had such a bad French accent no one understood her but all were afraid to question what she was saying. I asked her if she could give us powerpoint presentations for those of us linguistically challenged. Worked. Chinks? Arabs? That language belongs in the gutter not in academia.  (Mar 18, 2010 | post #18)

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Letters: Take initiative: Improve schools

1. Improve Schools?; You jest. Most teachers were "grandfathere d" under old rules and do not have to recertify. The majority of those can't pass the current cert exams anyway. And the SBOE, TEA and the local school boards wouldn't have it any other way. My goodness, have qualified and motivated teachers? Then they couldn't spread the BS and other constructed truths fed to students now thru the teachers. The students might, oh heaven forfend, learn something, instead of pass tests that have no bearing on the real world. 2. Profs Accents? The folks who have difficulty with professors' accents are those who cannot speak their own language well. And those same folks expect to be catered to, by the profs. 3. Road closures- ever see who was running in the race? Of course they close it for the city reps or their friends and family.  (Mar 17, 2010 | post #6)

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Bishops speak out against immigration legislation

Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's; render unto God that which is God's. Is that what the Lord said? What part of "obey man's laws" do these bishops not understand? Or do they figure the laws are inhumane? So it's not OK to rape and murder, but it is OK to steal and plunder? Stealing and plundering is the end result of being in the country illegally. They steal and plunder resources that would be used for other purposes. These bishops need to resign.  (Mar 9, 2010 | post #2)

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Ramon Renteria: Who are the real burros in education?

And respectfully, that is the problem. You all have been in teaching so long that the real world is no longer real to you. The term burro is like bubba, is like Pepito, or a dozen others. And there are some hard core, don't give a d*mn pupils who attend school only because the court says so. Their idea of employment is running drugs for the local vatos. "It was good enough for me familia...." And no amount of attention, no amount of "love", no amount of "invention " will change it. Sorry, but I believe it is time to say "Keep up or suffer the consequences kids".  (Mar 7, 2010 | post #8)

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Charlie Edgren: Negotiating from position of weakness is ...

Pres G HW Bush invaded Kuwait, to drive out Iraq. Coming to the defense of a small ally is exactly what America stands for. You can argue until you are blue what the reasons for invading Iraq were, but the bottomline is you do not know. You weren't in the room nor were you privy to the intelligence or discussions. America is respected because we are hard but fair. Or we were. What is your standard of living going to be with Iran and its nukes? Hope you know how to chop wood beacuse Iran and nukes or any Arab country and nukes means the end of oil for the US. The only thing any country got out of negotitating with Iran was more negotiating. OK, let's hit them with a piece of paper and protest their uncivilized ways. Or, let's glass a city of theirs and tell them to stand down. Cards anyone?  (Feb 27, 2010 | post #13)

El Paso Times

Letters: No distinction

You can tell it's Lent.  (Feb 27, 2010 | post #10)

Q & A with Mike-the original

Headline:

An American Rifleman.

Hometown:

El Paso

Neighborhood:

East

Local Favorites:

Marcellos

I Belong To:

NRA, USDPSA,IPSC,NRA HP, FMGC

I'm Listening To:

Everyone

Read This Book:

Disappointed

Favorite Things:

Quiet nights without gunfire

On My Mind:

Many things

I Believe In:

God, mankind and laws