(Photo: Courtesy of El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)
I will probably open a can of worms with this, but here it goes. This morning I attempted to rescue a dog that had reportedly been in the desert for about three weeks. I found the dog, it ran, I ran (through the desert). Luckily, it ran into an enclosed area belonging to El Paso Water Utilities. I called 311 as I always do, then I notice three other dogs enclosed. I call 311 again to inform that there are actually four dogs now. I waited over three hours for Animal Control. Animal Control arrived with one truck and one officer for four dogs. Are you kidding me? The dogs escaped through another gap in another gate, at which time I counted five dogs. Now, there are five dogs in an arroyo. I tracked them for an hour. They are tired; I am tired. I have been rescuing on my own for 13 years; I have never been so disheartened as I am today. Where do I find good help?
West El Paso
Crews demolish the old span to Paisano Drive over the former Interstate 10 East on-ramp along Sunland Park Drive. The work is part of the Go 10 project, which started in April 2015 and will continue into 2019 at a cost of $158 million, said Noemi Rojas, mobility coordinator for the Go 10 project. The project involves the construction of about 6 miles of roadway from Exit 11 at North Mesa Street east to Exit 16 at Executive Center Boulevard. When completed, I-10 will have increased capacity and enhanced safety for motorists, Rojas said.
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Road construction causes stress and frustration
I would like to give my opinion about the recent road constructions in progress all over the city and all the problems it has caused. There have been many accidents and delays caused by the construction. I believe this has created stress and frustration in our personal lives. I think it is taking too long to finish all the projects, resulting in more problems than benefits. People complain every day about getting to work and school late because of the construction.
Also, the stores next to the roads under construction have seen less sales, affecting their business. In my opinion, if a company with more personnel would be hired to work on our roads, the road projects could be finished in a shorter time. This would benefit everybody; we would have a more beautiful city and businesses would have more sales. This will help the roads be less dangerous and more stress-free. Hopefully, the city would take my opinion seriously and do something to help resolve this issue.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 3, 2015.
(Photo: Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press)
There is no complaining without democracy
In response to Rafaela Graffos’ March 20 letter, “’Crab mentality’ must end for El Paso to move forward,” Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and recently Vladimir Putin won their elections in landslides. Do you think those elections were fair? People would complain if they could, but they don’t have democracy.
East El Paso
The U.S. is controlled by the superwealthy
The U.S. is an oligarchy controlled by the superwealthy and corporations. A stacked Supreme Court gave us Citizens United, allowing these factions to buy politicians and own our government. We are run by corporate executives, oil industry, bankers, think tanks, 12,000 lobbyists and the “military industrial complex.”
The "elites" intention is to destroy unions, thus solidarity, dismantle government and loot America. This corporate state rules by and for money and against the common good.
By utilizing propagandized media, Republicans, corrupt and owned by the corporate state, have indoctrinated right-wing America with a gospel of white grievance. The duped right would give up Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security so they can keep their guns.
The Pentagon has spent $250 million a day on war for 16 years, presently on seven undeclared wars and 800 worldwide installations. These purposeless wars are a corporate business with 600,000 private contractors and almost 1.5 million service members. Proclaimed as against terrorism and good vs evil, underlying the wars are a racist "crusade," scapegoating, West vs East, Christian vs. Muslim, white vs. colored.
President Donald Trump’s daily antics are a diversion while the corporate state silently sabotages our checks and balances, subverts our courts to eliminate rights and undermines democratic principles. Our next major crisis, accidental or manufactured, might bring on a totalitarian police state and the loss of our vote.
Central El Paso