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September, 2015

  • 11 September

    On 9/11: Reflection and reason defeat evil, and honor all we lost

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    Sometimes, in the face of unspeakable and unimaginable horror made real, the human brain races to protect us. It’s part of our DNA: We seek patterns. That animal ate from that tree, ergo it is …

  • 8 September

    Dreams of a Lost Desert

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    Some years ago, I had one of my famously odd dreams. Normally I wouldn’t share them with anyone outside of my family, but this one is rather hard to shake. It sticks with me to …

  • 6 September

    Why It Matters: Chihuahuas clinch more than division

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    You can’t ‘root, root, root’ for the home team from the press box.  Or so the story goes… With the champagne now drying on the floor of the Reno Aces’ locker room, and the plastic …

  • 5 September

    El Paso readers lose with departure of newspaper copy desk

    Copy Editor's Room 1952 / Photo courtesy NY Daily News

    The El Paso Times’ announcement that all page-design and copy-editing work for the newspaper was moving to Phoenix, Arizona, next month was short and to the point. There would be a “reduction of about 15 …

  • 2 September

    Guest Column – EPISD’s Cabrera: EPISD is ready to PowerUp!

    Student issued laptop at the beginning of school year |Photo: EPISD

    Visitors to any of our schools this year will notice that things are different. Sure, they will continue to see the region’s best teachers and employees working to give our students the best education possible. …

August, 2015

  • 31 August

    Father of reporter slain on live TV pleads for stronger gun laws

    Courtesy: WDBJ7

    Op-Ed by Andy Parker: We need to do whatever it takes to end this insanity Last Wednesday, my daughter Alison was brutally struck down in the prime of her life by a deranged gunman. Since that …

  • 30 August

    Victor Cruz – Cruz’n the Borderland: El Paso is…

    Photo: Alexis, Casas por Cristo Intern 2006

    Let’s be honest: El Paso is a blackhole.  Wait, wait…hear me out. I’ve used that comparison for many years to simply state that, what happens everywhere else  in the country doesn’t happen here, and what works …

  • 28 August

    Jack Lutz – View from the West: My El Paso, Part One

    Photo: city-data/El Paso

     It’s 4 a.m. on a Saturday and I’m looking for a place to eat after a long night of playing poker and I want real authentic Mexican food. I’m cruising Dyer St. , passing the …

  • 24 August

    Special Assignment: El Paso is…

    Photo: NASA

    El Paso is…El Paso.  Unique.  One-of-a-kind.  Self-deprecating and self-loathing.  Conspiratorial and revolutionary all at once. Lost, but ready to be discovered once again. Historic and proud, yet striving to emulate other communities. For many years, …

  • 23 August

    Art Portillo: El Paso is…

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    El Paso Is a hidden gem, located at the edge of Texas. The Biggest state inside the United States. This hidden gem, our city, is a culmination of free-thinking people, great food and most importantly, …

  • 23 August

    Yol-Itzma Aguirre: El Paso Is…

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    El Paso Is… Home. It is the central core to my existence. My heart. I now travel across the country, but when I am sitting in an airport and long for something, I close my …

  • 23 August

    Patricia Martinez: El Paso is…

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    El Paso Is… El Paso is a true melting pot. Mexican, Middle Eastern, Chinese, German, Black, Jewish, Catholic, Yankee, Southern, Spanish, Indian – all those qualifiers have roiled around in this region for hundreds of …

  • 23 August

    Jay Koester: El Paso is…

    Photo: Texas Tech UHSC

    El Paso is something different every day of the week. The city offers a diversity of experiences that is truly amazing. On one day, my young nieces and nephews drop by. I’m shown a lot …

  • 23 August

    Daniel Ornelas: El Paso is…

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    El Paso is an adventure, and growing up in the middle of it, sometimes you wonder what it would be like to live in another city. We don’t have professional sports teams like other Texas cities …

  • 17 August

    The Definitive El Paso Top 25 1/2 List

    Photo: City of El Paso

    Given the nature of Borderland residents to be enthralled with top ten lists that mention El Paso, I present the only list you’ll ever need on what El Paso is. 25: Yes, there really were …

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