• November 28, 2021
 Op-Ed: Lack of political courage, action has El Paso ranked #2 Nationally for Covid-19 cases/1k residents

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Op-Ed: Lack of political courage, action has El Paso ranked #2 Nationally for Covid-19 cases/1k residents

During the month of September, El Paso was nationally ranked #2 in Covid-19 cases per 1,000.

In this current month of October, we have seen several record-breaking days of 520 plus new daily cases that far outnumber Covid cases during September.
Mayor Margo has been disingenuously pointing his fingers of blame at El Pasoans for the increases in numbers, trying to disassociate himself and his consistently lukewarm and questionable responses to the pandemic as a main cause for the numbers we’re experiencing.
In my opinion, our current state of Covid-crisis has more to do with mayor Margo being a dutiful Abbott GOP foot soldier who follows marching orders like a good private.  He has consistently obeyed everything the careless and over-eager Governor has mandated as if it was the law and he had no other choice.  Margo has had several opportunities to exercise good judgement on behalf of our citizens’ health by breaking with Abbott’s dangerous choices and instead has gone down the politically spineless route by telling us that his hands were tied because governor Abbott wouldn’t allow him to choose otherwise.
Nonsense.
Mayors across America have chosen their citizens over the stupid decisions made by governors that put their cities at risk.
We have been without a public health director throughout the pandemic and now that the numbers have gotten out of control, the mayor

Photo illustration by Jud Burgess

finally has appointed one to deal with the mess…120 days late to the pandemic.  It seems to me, he is just looking for a convenient scapegoat to play “enforcer” and absorb some blame as things quickly unravel.

City Council members Claudia Rodriguez, Isabel Salcido, Sam Morgan and Cissy Lizzaraga voted against letting El Pasoans know where the Covid-19 clusters are occurring so we can avoid exposing ourselves and our families to the contagion.
And the mayor broke the tie TWICE, siding with these four unconscionable public servants who have chosen business interests over the health of their fellow El Paso citizens, many who helped put them in office.
As I write this, mayor Margo is handing out waivers allowing groups to gather in numbers larger than ten people as he wavers on the pandemic and common sense.  He doesn’t want to be a Debbie Downer and say no to weddings and receptions which are potential Covid-breeding super-spreader events judging from the size and setup of these types of gatherings.
Sometimes a mayor just has to show some political backbone and say no, especially when the health and lives of El Pasoans are at risk.
The mayor and elected officials would have been smart to govern by the simple adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
The same goes for hapless governor Greg Abbott who is sending dozens of healthcare workers and PPE to El Paso in a too little too late attempt to remediate the Covid whiplash that he has brought about by re-opening businesses much too soon, all this while he’s allowing bars to re-open at 50% capacity while Texas is leading the pandemic pack with highest case counts.
Proper and courageous leadership makes a difference and ultimately saves El Paso lives.
Mediocre leadership does the opposite.
Vote accordingly.

Author: Jud Burgess

Burgess is a local graphic designer, business owner, and blogger who is involved in local activism efforts.  judburgess.com  /  James No Bond on FB

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