Subject: “From the Founder” by Tom Fenton, June 5-11, 2022 page 7A:
As an El Paso Inc. subscriber, I appreciated its local focus and highlighting of a variety of businesses and programs.
I am, however, saddened by the latest editorial from Mr. Fenton – a man I have respected for many years.
We are in the midst of cultural divisions that threaten the underlying context of our political institutions. In my youth, I might have welcomed such challenges, but now I wonder how we can thread the needle of change and resistance while maintaining our ability to function as a whole.
When I was much younger, a lot of words were used that are now clearly unacceptable – the “N” word among them. I remember the harsh terms my Scoutmaster used to describe behaviors that were considered “unmanly.” There was resistance to changing these models, but it became unacceptable to simply act as if some had the right to use them against others.
Mr. Fenton objects to certain actions taken against people whose behavior was bullying. Bullying is justified by blaming the victim and portraying them as somehow not being a “real person”.
African Americans were physically abused in medical experiments because, it was said, they did not feel pain like “white people”. No one denies the Trail of Tears – or, as it’s called in Indiana, the “Path of Death.” Yet there is little sense of contradiction between claiming pride in American history while denying any need to acknowledge and disavow its parallel destructiveness.
It is neither pride nor shame, but a desire to make the dream of “equal justice for all” a reality that compensates for its past failures. Generational betrayals call for generational reparation.
Mr Fenton goes on to characterize those who seek to change perceptions as “wokies”. The use of terms such as these does not go toward healing, but provokes and justifies a disregard for seeing and dealing with the real underlying issues in favor of choosing sides and playing a blame game.
Our tradition has a hymn based on the poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier:
New occasions teach new duties. Time makes coarse the old good.
They must always still and beyond who will keep abreast of the truth.
It is true that we risk overreacting, but that is part of a whole, not the main risk of changing the way marginalized people are treated.
Mr. Fenton holds a powerful position in our community. I would ask him to consider how to use this position for all of us, so that we can find ways to see and hear the complexities we face together and respond in ways that build a sustainable future for all.
This is a commentary on the City of El Paso’s myopic decisions to fund the design, construction, and maintenance of five new water parks while paying little attention to the upkeep of existing pools, often used by older residents. aged.
In particular, the Leo Cancellare pool was once popular with adults and seniors for swimming and programs like water aerobics. Then it was closed for renovation two years ago. I haven’t seen any work in progress on it.
It needs updating, but in these two years it’s unjustifiable to see five spray and water parks going up at about the same time. And it shows how little the city cares about the health and recreation of elderly Westside residents.