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Today's Opinions

  • FEDERAL LARGESS

    War in Ciudád Júarez has brought economic improvement in El Paso. The Júarez drug violence has pushed the city’s famous nightlife north across the border into El Paso. Retail activity has come along.

  • Letter unfairly impugns council

    Our county council chambers are emblazoned with a quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”

    During the last two years, I have served as chair of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee. Prior to that, I served on the steering committee that assisted MIC with their master plan study for the White Rock community center.

    However, I write today as a private individual, not as a member of the WRMPIC.

  • Chance discoveries in our backyards

    Some of us have never found a single dollar bill on the sidewalk. But once in a blue moon a lucky soul in the upper Midwest reaches down into the Ice Age deposits of our country and plucks out a diamond.  

    It doesn’t take much geologic knowledge to recognize a diamond in the rough as an interesting and valuable object.

    Diamonds are the hardest mineral in the Earth, which means they will scratch quartz, window glass and even other hard gems like ruby and emerald.

  • These days won’t last

    Don’t touch that dial!  Remember how TV announcers used to say that before a commercial break?  

    How many kids today would even know what a dial is?  Before you know it, pushing buttons will be a distant memory, too.

    Things have really changed since I was a kid (you know, back when they first invented electricity).  

    We didn’t have remotes for the TV set.  There were six or seven channels to choose from (we only had that many because we got all the NYC stations) and they were mostly black- and-white.  

  • Resident to council: Don’t bully firemen

    As one resident of this county whom the council allegedly represents, I hereby request that it cease and desist the bullying of our firefighters. As Councilor Vincent Chiravalle has said, we should pay them according to the fact-finder’s report and implement its recommendations.  

  • Campaigns should promise reduction of OPEC oil reliance

    While running for office, President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.  

    Two years are gone and we still don’t have a plan.  In fact, there is some evidence that we’re going in the wrong direction.  In July 2010, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That’s the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.

  • Campaigner likened to wearing heels and pearls

    As I was watching the rodeo parade Saturday morning, one of Jeannette Wallace’s marching supporters came over and spoke to one of the onlookers in a voice obviously meant for everyone, “Stephanie Richard teaches school and has two young children. How could she possibly have time to be a representative?”  

    I thought this kind of sexist campaigning had gone the way of wearing high heels and pearls while sweeping – but, obviously, not in the local Republican party.

  • SBA extends help to minority-owned companies

    In July, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of minority-owned businesses increased by 46 percent from 2002 to 2007.

    This is good news. These new businesses are creating jobs and driving local economic growth all across the country.

    However, this is no time to lessen the commitment or resources available to help minority small businesses grow and create jobs.