My full-time friend, and part-time lover, Jaime Abeytia, is taking his former favorite city representative, Peter Svarzbein, to task for honoring a native El Pasoan who recently passed away with an official proclamation.
Which is weird.
No...not Svarzbein honoring dead guy...that's not the weird thing.
No...it's Jaime calling out Svarzbein for honoring a dead guy.
Jaime thinks Svarzbein is wasting time.
So what then say Jaime when somebody has honored THIS dead guy?
Because Jaime has a history of supporting carpet-bagging candidates, like:
- Austin resident Mary Gonzalez
- San Antonio resident Cesar Blanco
- Somewhere in the Northeast resident Peter Svarzbein
So it should not be a surprise that Jaime would support Adolfo Torres.
Mind you all those folks are - unlike Jaime or myself - were born and/or raised in El Paso. Much like Beto O'Rourke, Veronica Escobar, Susie Byrd, Steve Ortega Tania Chozet, and so on, they all moved someplace else for school and career, until returning back to El Paso.
As individuals, you cannot blame them for seeking opportunities elsewhere, or for that matter, that they yearn to come back home.
In politics though, everything is fair game. On the other hand, the carpet-bagger label really does not work in El Paso as you have seen with Cesar Blanco, Mary Gonzalez, Peter Svarzbein, etc.
College is great if you do not have to pay for it.
But alas you must.
Which is a problem...for El Paso.
Just imagine Student X, or Student Equis, after spending five to six years at UTEP, Equis is left with a sizeable bill to payoff.
Well, sure, Student Equis would love to stay in El Paso, but if Student Equis wants to pay that UTEP debt in this lifetime, Equis will have to head east or north.
Once Equis has made it to Dallas, Austin or Denver, Equis will learn the hard way that nobody knows what a "UTEP" is, and then realize that Equis might as well have gone to Sul Ross State (thereby incurring less debt).
You can see why some young folks in El Paso actually may not want to go to college at all.
But hey, who cares about the financial well-being of young El Pasoans, or how their flight contributes to a stagnant local economy, by golly Diana "Natalicio" wants to build another sorry excuse of a Bhutanese building.
People were losing their heads in Juarez, literally, and yet that did not stop companies from going to Juarez.
It is ironic that one of America's safest cities is having to deal with an exodus, while one of the continent's most violent cities, continues to grow (economically-speaking).
If it was not bad enough that peaceful El Paso was losing out to Drug War-torn Old Mexico, here comes along NEW Mexico.
So what does New Mexico have that El Paso does not? Open space, which is great if you are into the tilt-wall real estate business. El Paso has very limited space between Fort Bliss and the Rio Grande to build a massive logistics center.
Juarez's labor advantage, New Mexico's land advantage, among other things are why some in El Paso have gone whole hog into the Medical Center of the Americas. They see medicine as El Paso's only chance to get out of its economic rut. But those folks may have pushed a little too far too fast (see El Paso Children's Hospital).