Holiday lights fiasco even worse than we thought

The El Paso Times did a nice, balanced look at the Shawver Park holiday lights controversy.

Because the Times is fair and balanced, they just laid out the facts without connecting the dots (™ Martin) about just how bad City Rep. Eddie Holguin messed this up in his effort to help his County Judge campaign.

It took all the talent and skill of the El Paso Times' Rudy Gutierrez to make the Shawver Park lights look pretty. Nice work, Rudy.

It took all the talent and skill of the El Paso Times’ Rudy Gutierrez to make the Shawver Park lights look pretty. Nice work, Rudy.

They allow Holguin to say he wants the lights to eventually become like the lights in Odessa, Texas, plus allow City Rep. Lily Limon to claim, “From that display, that is where it’s going to grow,” but then they subtly go through the facts to show what a line of crock that is.

The Times does its research and finds that Odessa spends money buying lights each year, slowly building up the display. But what did El Paso do in this case? They leased the lights from Indiana! Everyone was complaining, wondering how El Paso could spend $11,000 buying such a crappy light display. But it’s even worse than we thought: We somehow spent $11,000 leasing these crappy lights! Throwing in the 24-hour security, the entire $25,000 goes up in smoke, and Indiana laughs all the way to the bank.

El Paso gets nothing but a laughable light display, which will be taken back to Indiana in January, leaving us back at square one. I have to wonder though, how will that Indiana company find any suckers to lease the display next year?

We deserve better. (™ Brutus)

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