Readers Respond: 9.21.07
from the NPT Inbox
Posted on September 21, 2007
I've been reading Jenni Burton with much respect for her ideas and thoughts. I think she should get more involved in the public art process and provide input versus just speaking through a keyboard. I think she would have more impact on this community and help provide some solid outcomes on the initatives she comments on. -- Mark
How much time did City Counsil spend in discussing this item. Why not let the businesses decide whether they need to provide bike space? Is any of them losing business because bikers don't have parking space available to them? If the city wants more bikers downtown, why not provide them with free parking at the city parking garages and lots instead of forcing businesses to do it? Our "democratic" form of government is becoming more "dictatorial" everyday. For once I agree with Mr. Lozano, this is really a dumb fight. -- Francisco
Again city councils wants to ram their pet projects down the businesses throat. I can see somewhat of a need for bike spaces, or even the fact that more people are riding bikes, however the people riding bikes are doing it for recreation and not as a legitimate mode of transportation. If 1 percent of the population rides a bike as day to day transportation it is to many. To have city council mandate parking for this is, typical anti business city council and guess who ends up footing the bill? -- Juan
Sound like it's time for a Critical Mass to me! -- Don
I commend all those who regularly ride thier bikes to work. Unfortunately because of the size of the city and the fact that many of us have to drive all over town to get our jobs done it is impractical for most of us.
This is another instance of majoring in minors. We have too many real problems in El Paso to even be bringing this up at a city council meeting. Ron
City Representatives Lozano and Holguin represent the mindset that prevents El Paso from ever becoming a progressive city. They are proud to espouse the fat, dumb and happy attitude that people who exercise are a negligible group of wierdos. Whether the issue is swimming pools, bike lanes or sportsparks, the attitude is that they are an unnescessary luxury for the upper class. Meanwhile the economic development goes to the cities that develop their quality of life infrastructure. I guess we need more road space for the ever expanding SUVs piloted by people with ever expanding waistlines. The bike lanes just get covered with broken Bud Light bottles anyway. -- John
How about some space on the city and county roads for bikers? -- Beatriz
They all had to do their hair. -- Francisco
I'd call this piece nit-picking. Having worked in the private (non-governmental) sphere much of my career, I'd say that any meeting to which all who are scheduled report within five minutes of the appointed time is well-attended and all participants are fortunate. You haven't seen dawdling! -- Magdalene Iglar
Just wondering which City Council members have the most tardies? By consistantly arriving late they show a disrespect to the people they represent. -- Ron
Double awesome! That's a lot of great reader feedback.
Now you have to have a "comments on the comments section, section." -- David
I agree with the comment by Keith. All art is created equally since it is the gift and talent shared with us by the Creator through the spirit. The fact that some like it and some don't doesn't change its intrinsic worth and beauty for those who are intended to receive it. I address this in "Poetry, Say What" a piece from Eloquence: Rhythm & Renaissance. http://usiku.net -- Usiku
what happened to the poetry? you don't have room for poetry but you have room for Britney talking points? For shame. -- Mario
Editor's note: Mario, we have been waiting for poetry. Here's a guarantee -- we will have poetry by next week. Besides that promise, consider this a call for poets.
... Great to see an unrelenting generous individual as Paul Foster, get awarded a very meritorious Title.
... Mustn't also forget, tho, another famous El Paso LEGEND and ARTIST - "Jose Cisneros" - possibly the previous last person to have received this very meritorious Title in our City!
... Mr. Cisneros must be in his 90s by now and still very active in his historical artwork of the City he loves so very much! -- BPL
This is a well-deserved honor bestowed upon an incredibly generous man. My 17 year grandson from the Walnut Creek CA area was visiting El Paso and read the announcement on the front page of the Times several weeks ago. His response? "Wow, this is great...I've never seen a rich man give as much as this! Wouldn't it be great if more of them shared!" His mother works in the office of a very large charitable foundation but he said he had never heard of anything like this! Mr. Foster, in fact a "self-made man", made a very favorable impression upon this high school senior. We should all be proud to have such a gentleman in our community. -- Patt
One would be foolish and gullible to believe the officer on the ground would never show bias (mitchell speaking about what was on paper.) The officer has much power after the initial stop has been effected; thus, we -and mitchell- have to presume and prepare for the bias. Considering the sherrif department's initial bias of having these insurance check points in indigent areas. -- Elias
I love your site. -- Rick
I lived in Greenwich Village in 1966-67 and feel a great kinship with Peter Max and his art. He was working not far from where my little apartment was. I was going to graduate school, listening to Beatles music, protesting the war in Vietnam and loved seeing my environment fill with the posters of Peter Max. One of his projects I vividly remember were the brightly colored doors on the elevators of one of the big department stores on Fifth Avenue. I paint some now in my retirement and occasionally someone will comment that my crurly, swirly style and use of vibrant color reminds them of Peter Max. I am highly complimented when that happens, because his work certainly was a great influence on my emergent style. I hope to meet him on Sept. 29 when he is in El Paso. -- Jean
Please encourage our teachers to go see this if they haven't already. It really is a great display that we are fortunate to get in El Paso. -- Ginger
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