Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I thought this was a news site. What exactly is the EPN Blog?
A: My name is Martín Paredes and I am citizen of México living in the United States. I have been writing and blogging since early 2000. Originally I set out to create a platform where anyone could express their viewpoint on items affecting their community. After many iterations and invitations for writers it became apparent to me that I was the only one writing articles. Therefore on June 28, 2011 I decided to make The El Paso News Organization site my personal blog. Although I tend to focus on the ongoing political shenanigans in El Paso, Texas I write on many topics including geo-political issues, military history/strategy, US/Mexico topics, and technology among other topics that occasionally interest me.
On September 28, 2017, after many weeks of persistent hacking of my blog, I was forced to change platforms to host my WordPress blog. In the process, I decided it was time to take the next step I had been thinking about for months – expand my reach towards a national dialog on border/immigration issues. I dropped the “El Paso” part of my blog and renamed it EPN.xyz. As I have already built up years of content and supporters, I did not want to stray too far away from the roots of my blog, so I stuck with the EPN initials and through some word gymnastics, I came up with E=economy, P=politics and N=news, meaning I would focus on those topics while writing about the U.S.-México border, immigration and geopolitics.
On January 1, 2020, I brought back the El Paso News for authors and readers who wanted to get back to a focus on El Paso politics. However, the Covid-19 pandemic in made it important to give a voice to fronterizos, or those who live on the border. I decided to refocus El Paso News to give voices to individuals oftentimes ignored by the national news media. Visit the elpasonews.org to understand the border through the eyes of those who live on the border.
As a Mexican national, I will continue to offer you my perspective on the national dialog involving immigrants and México through this site.
Q: Do you accept submissions?
A: I am no longer accepting article submissions. I encourage you to keep checking my site as I may create another blogging site for other bloggers or I may change my mind in the future. But, you are more then welcome to comment on any of the posts.
However, the El Paso News accepts and encourages submissions. Go to elpasonews.org to become an author.
Q: Why do you use the accent on the “e” when you type the name México.
A: I am multilingual and Spanish is my mother language. As I learned languages I was taught that proper names are not to be translated. For me, the word México is not properly spelled without the accented e. México, for me is a proper name. I understand that there are more qualified grammatical specialists out there that have a problem with my not converting México into Mexico but for me it is misspelled without the accent.
Q: Why do I need to create an account?
A: An account allows you to comment on blog posts. As of August 21, 2013 you no longer have to register to comment on posts. However, creating an account give you more flexibility in your comments and allows access to features like “liking” comments or posts.
Q: Where is the login page?
A: Click Here for the login page.
Q: I can’t remember my username or password.
A: Click here to recover your password.
Q: Why should I sign up for your newsletter?
A: As a subscriber to my newsletter you get periodic advance notice of issues I am currently researching and a list of open records I have submitted, in addition to my articles delivered to your inbox.
Q: What is your comment policy?
A: My goal is to publish what you write, and I’ll make every attempt to do so. Unfortunately, there are some rules.
When you register and/or post your first comment and/or make a submission, I may review it. Assuming you’re not trying to start World War III, I will probably approve you as a commenter/contributor.
Once you’re approved, you have free rein on the site to say what you want, with a few exceptions. While I won’t delete comments just because they express a particular point of view, I do reserve the right to delete comments/submissions that, in my judgment:
- are abusive,
- off-topic and/or use excessive foul language;
- are solicitations and/or advertising;
- involve nudity;
- appear to be primarily for the purpose of defamation, libel, or maligning and impugning others;
- are derogatory based on race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or otherwise similarly derogatory;
- and, are otherwise detrimental to my blog.
I rely on users to tell me when they think comments are abusive. If you feel that a particular comment is violating this policy or harming the community, please let me know.
Q: I posted a comment, why can’t I see it on the site?
A: Some comments are flagged for moderation before they show up on the site. If your comment is flagged for review it will appear as soon as it has been reviewed if it meets my comment policy. Comments that are not flagged for review appear on the site a few minutes after you submit it.
Q: There is a comment that I believe is violating your comment policy, what should I do?
A: Please send me a quick message letting me know why you think it violates the comment policy. Please do not forget to include a link to the comment so that I can easily find it. After I review it, if it indeed violates my policy I will take the appropriate action. I will let you know once I have made a decision. Please remember that this is a manual process and it may take me a few days to get to it. You can contact me using the form at the bottom of this page.
Q: Why do you not add web links to sources or material you reference on your blog posts?
A: Although I understand that the Internet is about linkages, over the years it became apparent to me that I was spending an inordinate amount of time just maintaining links on my blog. The problem is that websites come and go over the years. Some end their projects, others update and change their content and others simply abandon their websites. This results in broken links or, worse, spam sites squatting on formerly active relevant sites. Thus, I was forced to constantly update or fix broken links. What I decided to do instead is write posts that include as much of the relevant information as possible so that you can follow up on my source material through any search engine.
Contacting Martín Paredes