Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Spirit of '76 rekindling?

A modicum of Revolutionary spirit was revealed on the front page of the El Paso Times this morning. It surfaced in one Jimmy Loredo. He's the Chief Financial Officer for the local Ysleta Independent School District.

Presented with a $42,000 water bill for stormwater projects enacted as a result of the August '06 floods in El Paso and which took effect this March, Loredo refused to pay. According to the article, El Paso's three major school districts are being assessed an average of $41,300 per month in stormwater fees.

"We didn't pay it and I told the PSB" (Public Service Board - the local water authority) "that I wasn't going to pay it, either. If they want to come and cut our water off, let them. I would like to see them be responsible for sending 46,000 kids home."

It's nice to see outrage manifest in someone with the juevos (and children as leverage) refusing to just go along. (An option lost on most 21st Century Americans.) I don't know how this will play out, but it's pleasing to see someone revolt! (Ooh, someone getting "mad as hell and not gonna take it!" huh?)

We need flood control. We learned that from 2006 inundations that caused much damage. But we also need empathy from local governments that continue to raise taxes with no appreciation the paying public is experiencing a dramatic recession. We're all being stretched and squeezed and the status quo of endless wants and needs by governing entities must be tempered in these times out of appreciation of a public being increasingly ravaged by the soaring costs of food, energy, and taxes.

If not, I hope we can expect to see more folks with the juevos of Ysleta School District's financial officer. I didn't know anyone was capable of such revolting behavior any more.

4 comments:

Border Explorer said...

Reminds me of a quote on the back of my favorite pro-immigrant Tshirts:

"Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists." Franklin D. Roosevelt--before the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1939

Thanks, Dada, for keeping the revolutionary dream alive, or at least before our eyes.

dada said...

Ironic, isn't it B.E., that the words of some of the most significant leaders in our country's history, like Jefferson and FDR, seem somehow brash now, extremist even!

Just as a rock tumbles from a cliff onto the beach below, the tides of time erode it into a smooth pebble.

We have lost our edges.

Thanks for the kind words. I imagine you're in a better world now. COLORADO!! (grin)

Fran said...

That is a great move-- you going to cut off water- for the children- in the desert?
Brilliant!

dada said...

Fran: Yeh, apparently...but not quite as brilliant as it was foolish as illustrated by what the water authority did Wednesday. (See next blog.)