Update on August 21, 2013 in regards to commenting on posts can be found at the end of this page.
Please note that on June 28, 2011 the El Paso News Organization changed its mission and became my personal blog. See the article here.
The El Paso del Norte is the gateway to the rise of the Hispanic identity across the Americas. Through this blog I comment on the ongoing corruption saga going on in El Paso as well as sharing my perspective on issues such as immigration, the war on drugs and politics in general.
Although I firmly believe in the concept of citizen journalists and I still want to offer a platform for incubating citizen journalists it quickly became apparent that I ended up writing most of the articles and therefore decided to make it my personal blog. If the time comes when citizen journalists are looking for a platform then I will again consider incubating a platform for the endeavor.
In the meantime please enjoy my personal musings. Below is the original mission of the website.
Welcome to the El Paso News Organization (elpasonews.org) – a new resource for bold, inclusive, and hands-on journalism created for the community, by the community, or, better known as “citizen journalism.” To this end, this website is designed to give citizen journalists, like you, a voice where you can take an active role in the reporting, analyzing and dissemination of news and information.
The concept for this new form of citizen or “street” journalism is that people, like YOU, can have the audacity to pick up a camera or put words to paper (or in this case to screen) using modern tools to produce your own news reports. In addition to news aggregation from other outlets, we also want to give, YOU, the reader an opportunity to generate original stories about the news you care about.
All types of content — from stories to photos — are welcome.
Information about the El Paso Metro and El Paso Tribune archives.
(March 10, 2013)
Contrary to popular belief I was the first blogger in El Paso, Texas, before blogging was even a word. I launched The El Paso Politics website in March of 2000 in the hope of introducing the potential of the World Wide Web to El Paso businessmen. Having recently moved back from Europe I was in the process of expanding my business from Cd. Juárez into El Paso and was meeting resistance in the sense that the El Paso business community’s idea of being in the web meant having an AOL email account. In hopes of demonstrating the potential reach of the Internet I launched elpasopolitics.com to give each political candidate an opportunity to showcase their political platforms.
That first project evolved into the El Paso Metro, the El Paso Forum, the El Paso Tribune and ultimately the El Paso News Organization. Each of the platforms contributed to the political discourse of the city in their own unique way. Each has been a journey for everyone involved.
I have begun to add the original content of each of those projects as time permits under their own archives here on the site. Where available I have attributed each post to the original author. Each post is dated on the actual date of publication and is reproduced in its entirety. Not all posts reflect my personal opinion about a particular subject matter but I have always, and continue to believe that the only way we evolve is to listen and comprehend what others are saying. I may not agree with the point of view but I learn from it. That is why I have always offered a platform for anyone to express their opinion.
Commeting policy change effective August 21, 2013
I am trying an experiment and allowing anyone to comment without having to register on the site. If you have already registered I encourage you to continue to use your account to comment because if commenting becomes too abusive I will simply delete all those comments that do not have an account associated to them.
You will also notice that I have removed the account registration link. If you want to create an account, please send me a note using the form at the end of this page with your name, email address and the user name you wish to use. I will email you back your account login information where you will be able to create your own password.
My goal is to publish what you write, and I’ll make every attempt to do so. Unfortunately, there are some rules.
When you register and post your first comment and/or make a submission, I may review it. Assuming you’re not trying to start World War III, I will probably approve you as a commenter/contributor.
Once you’re approved, you have free rein on the site to say what you want, with a few exceptions. While I won’t delete comments just because they express a particular point of view, I do reserve the right to delete comments/submissions that, in my judgment:
- are abusive, off-topic and/or use excessive foul language;
- are solicitations and/or advertisements;
- involve nudity, or of a deeming sexual nature;
- appear to be primarily for the purpose of defamation, libel, or
- maligning and impugning others;
- are derogatory based on race, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation and/or otherwise similarly derogatory;
- and, are otherwise detrimental to my blog.
I rely on users to tell me when they think comments are abusive. If you feel that a particular comment is violating this policy or harming the community, please let me know.
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