Susie Byrd and the Stench of Corruption

It is likely that many of you, if not all of you reading this today, knows that the El Paso Independent School District Board voted yesterday to initiate an audit of Susie Byrd’s political activities. Byrd, and her cohort, Veronica Escobar have taken a page out of Donald Trump’s many scandals and have labelled the… Read More Susie Byrd and the Stench of Corruption

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Steve Hern Guest Editorial Cartoons About EPISD

As many of you know there are various ongoing controversies about the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD). The most recent corruption prosecution resulted in a mistrial. The superintendent is being criticized for his travel expenses and for his support of a presumptive candidate for office. The following are three guest editorial cartoons by Steve… Read More Steve Hern Guest Editorial Cartoons About EPISD

The Dee Margo Affair

On May 8, 2013, KVIA reporter, Matt Dougherty shed more light on El Paso Police Officer Alberto Machorro’s road-rage incident with Dee Margo back in September of 2012. Some have speculated that this incident led to Margo’s reelection loss to Joe Moody. Was this incident a conspiracy? As with all conspiracies the evidence is circumstantial,… Read More The Dee Margo Affair

Taxpayers Funding Political Agendas: Veronica Escobar, A Case Study

A public policy agenda has been in the works in El Paso since at least 1998, if not before. The case Study of Veronica Escobar’s entrance into the political scene demonstrates this. There are two ways to make public policy. The first, the one envisioned by the democratic process, requires building and cultivating political alliances… Read More Taxpayers Funding Political Agendas: Veronica Escobar, A Case Study

Guest Editorial: Taking Back our School District– The Job of the Community and NOT an Exercise in Politics

Editor’s note: The following was submitted by: Ursula Buenaventura “Talk is cheap.” So goes the cliché, which in the case of the recent letter to the El Paso Independent School District Board penned by the El Paso County leader and a number of politicians and prominent business leaders seems most befitting. Over the past few… Read More Guest Editorial: Taking Back our School District– The Job of the Community and NOT an Exercise in Politics

Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II

By Gerald Mangrum, El Paso Tribune What’s the big deal? The school district is providing funding so some very talented students can gain some experience in the real world and hone their sense of ethics by rubbing elbows with prominent citizens of El Paso. What’s wrong with that? In this article there will be more… Read More Community Scholars Program: Does it Pass the Smell Test – Part I of II