Read Muench's column HERE.
I like a lot of the points he makes in his column and as usual he has a knack for putting into words what many are thinking - and he does it in a way that makes you laugh.... maybe even at yourself sometimes.
He is right on with his question about where all the lovers of City Hall and the Insights Museum have been hiding. Have most of the whiners ever been to either?
City Hall has the constant stench of sewer gas on the main floor. I've done a lot of work on sewers - big, small and gigantic - I've seen a lot of shit in my day. More importantly - I've smelled it. The first floor smells like a manhole atop a 24 inch sewer main - and that can kill a person. My contractor buddies (who are at City Hall ten times a week) and I have often talked about the problem and how dangerous it is and we all agree the fix is north of a million bucks at a minimum. I've seen building owners tear entire shopping centers down over much more minor plumbing problems.
Once you get past the smell the other problems just start piling up and the cost to fix them all follows the height of the pile - up, up and up. Taxpayers could spend $15 million polishing a turd, or $5 million renovating the Blue Flame and paying $1 a year in rent from here to eternity. You don't have to be a real estate genius to understand how good of a deal taxpayers are actually getting. Most of you have your fingers in your ears and are screaming "I'm not listening" over and over again, so you wouldn't know a good deal if it snuck up and bit you on the ass.
Paying the stadium money back with HOT revenue isn't as bad as you think. I thought about it and was reminded of asinine events the HOT pays for now. I don't want to get into specifics because I have friends that would be very hurt over my critique of their event, but the city often votes to spend that money ignorantly on events that don't draw in-town crowds much less out-of-town crowds. At least the HOT revenues will be tied up in a clearly succesful project from here on out instead of being thrown at every sparsely attended events held downtown. You may remember a few years back when Wannabe Mayor Acosta demanded HOT funds for a car show in Segundo because somebody's cousin was flying in from LA for the event... she got laughed out of the room (thank God).
In all the years I lived in El Paso I couldn't figure out what the Insights Museum was - or did. I don't think anyone is going to miss it. I'm sure they can move whatever is in that building to one of the many other facilities the city owns. It can't be that big of a deal if the reality is that nobody goes to see what's inside the museum right now. It's not like we're talking about tearing down a Chico's Tacos, folks - just a stupid museum that El Pasoans have no interest in.
(By the way - if you think my last sentence was mean - ask yourself what your politicians and local leaders tell out-of-towners about El Paso when they ask. Do you think they lead with the Insights Museum? Or, do they tell people they have to go to Chico's? Exactly my point and your biggest problem to overcome.)
I guess the good news is that the people in El Paso are at least consistent - they're against everything and for nothing. Your motto should "we hate everything about our city, please don't make us change it."