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  • Stephany McDowell
    commented 2018-08-17 07:27:11 -0600
    Stephany Casey McDowell

    To My Most Dearest Reader:

    Farmers, Inflation, Tariff Relief Aid, and Irrigation

    I am writing this letter to recommend a suggestion as to how to halt inflation on products produced by farmers, namely grains, fruits, beans, and vegetables.

    Inflation is always an issue, no matter what century, decade, or year. It is inevitable. But, the rate and amount of inflation of farming produce can be diminished. It will, however, demand a bit of investment in order to do so.

    There are over 915 million acres of farmland in the United States. Only 6% of this farmland has access to irrigation. A major reason for inflation is the lack of water available to crops. Drought kills millions of acres of farmland every year causing grocery prices to soar.

    In 1990, a pound of apples cost approximately .73 cents per pound. A pound of potatoes cost approximately 24.7 cents per pound. Bananas averaged .33 cents per pound, and so forth. In 2018, a pound of apples costs approximately $1.40 per pound. A pound of potatoes costs approximately $1.00 per pound. Bananas average approximately .57 cents per pound. This is sometime more than a 200 increase in cost. There are many fruits and vegetables, today,that even cost over two or three dollars per pound, such as grapes, cherries, and certain types of lettuce. Imagine a person living on minimum wage. If a pound of romaine lettuce is $2.50, a pound of tomatoes $2.00, a pound of broccoli $2.00 etc… the person would have to work an hour to purchase a dinner salad.

    When President Trump initiated the tariffs on China and other nations for farm products, farmers were devastated. President Trump has been adamant about not considering the option of lifting these tariffs in order to halt the escalation of produce prices and the devastation it has had on American farmers. Instead, President Trump has issued a relief aid package for emergency assistance in the amount of $12 billion dollars. Farmers do not want a hand out, but this is the only option the President will consider.

    How is that $12 billion dollars going to be spent? Who will obtain the benefits? How long will it take for these benefits to relieve some of the farmer’s burdens? Taxes and tariffs are a lazy man’s way of making revenue. Unfortunately, this is the option the White House has decided to take.

    I suggest that the $12 billion dollars go into the funding of irrigation for farmers. Instead of having 5
    of our farmland irrigated, why not 95%? I suggest that the relief aid go into not cash in hand but a productive means by which farmers can invest in their future crops for a lifetime: irrigation.

    Irrigation is expensive, and most farmers depend on Mother Nature for watering their crops. If, however, farmers had irrigation, much of crop loss due to drought and lack of rain would be eliminated. This elimination of damaged farmland would help halt the inflation of produce or farm produced foods. Every year one can turn on their local or national news during the summer and broadcasts concerning farm droughts will appear. Every year, millions and millions of acres of farmland are deemed infertile due to drought and the lack of water. Almost every year Presidents are forced to issue farm aid to farms struck by drought. For example, in 2012 President Barack Obama allocated $170 million dollars to farmers for drought relief. This annual disaster could be avoided if we solve the problem now and aid farmers with irrigation. Yes, initially it will be an investment. However, over the course of the future it will prove a valuable profit, not only to farmers, but also to the government and consumers as well.

    With relief aid being available with the Trump administration, I believe it is a good time for the government to step in and further their investments on American Farmers. I believe much of the relief aid would be more likely to be accepted by farmers in the form of irrigation programs rather than simply handing out money as if the farmer were a welfare client. Many farmers have been very outspoken concerning the fact that they work very hard for their earnings and feel as if it is a slap in the face to receive a handout like this.

    I thank you for taking the time to read this small suggestion and would so greatly appreciate any considerations you might have.

    God Bless America

    With the Greatest Respect and Sincerity,

    Stephany Casey McDowell.
  • Angel Canales
    commented 2018-06-16 05:47:56 -0600
    Hi Rep Blanco,

    I’m a producer with CBS News in New York. I understand that Representative Blanco asked to get a tour of the facility yesterday. I would like to talk to someone in your office about his visit. Please call me asap at 646-509-1829.

    We’re are in El Paso.
  • Coal Robin
    commented 2017-03-25 02:10:39 -0600
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  • Tommy Horn
    commented 2017-02-25 12:21:37 -0700
    I believe that the Federal Government are taking rights granted to the states at an alarming rate and must be stoped. Pls vote for Texas to support and participate in a Convention of the States. Article V
  • Philip Bergman
    commented 2016-04-20 13:41:50 -0600
    Dear Representative

    I don’t know if you are aware of the change in policy by The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services in Austin which will adversely affect some 21,000+ Texans including constituents in your district with disabilities and special needs. As of June 1st 2016 DADS will no longer allow payments to family members who care for special needs or disabled individuals because they “MAY NOT live in the same residence as the individual receiving services”.

    The reason for this policy change is because we will “no longer be qualified as service providers”. The name of this program is CFC PAS/HAB as part of the TxHml (Texas Home Living) program. This program has a waiting list of up to 11+ years, I personally waited 8 years before I started receiving benefits. We are allotted $17,000 per year for provider services, but instead of having other people come to our homes to provide services, the majority of us feel that we can provide better care to our needy family members. I have enclosed a link which explains briefly what TXHml offers and the financial breakdown.

    The mainstream of the people receiving these benefits are single parents, who because of their situation cannot work overtime or weekends or travel for work to make extra money. It would be too difficult to find someone who could come to their home at a moment’s notice, who is reliable, trustworthy and capable of caring for an individual with special needs. These people rely on this small additional supplement to their income to cover all the additional expenses a special needs family member requires. If you follow the link below you will see that the only reason given for this change is we are (as of June 1st) no longer considered qualified to provide service to our family member because we reside in the same house as them.

    When I signed up for this program this was one of the benefits that was offered along with dental supplement (if my daughter Ingrid needs dental work she has to be sedated) day habilitation, respite care, behavioral support and so on. My daughter (Ingrid) has cerebral palsy along with a genetic disorder which makes her unable to speak, walk, dress, feed herself or use the toilet without help to name but a few of the many things she cannot do. I do not need people coming into my home providing services to Ingrid when I’m perfectly able to take care of her myself at this point in time. I am 62 years old and Ingrid will be 25 in August, I have written to of the executive levels of DADS and HHS in both Austin and Washington DC explaining what this policy change and its disastrous impact would have on so many, but have had no response with the exception of Senator John Cornyn who is making inquiries.

    I know I am not one of your constituents, however this change will affect people in all districts of Texas and for most people they have neither the time nor the knowledge of who to contact to protest this change and ask for it not to be implemented.

    I am reaching out to all the Texas Representatives in order to make them aware of this DADS policy modification and what it means in terms of financial loss to those who need this badly needed support. I would urge you to make every effort to engage with the executive members of DADS and The Department of Health and Human Services Commission in Austin and Washington that this change should not go into effect on such a broad sweeping spectrum, perhaps this should be done on a case by case basis with the local Service Coordinators in each area such Dallas Metrocare here in the Dallas area.

    I would be most grateful to hear your thoughts on this matter along with any plan of action you might suggest, I am relying on people such as yourself to use your influence and the power of your office to get this change repealed.

    Thank you for your time and hope to hear from you soon.


    Philip Bergman

    9723 Burleson Drive

    Dallas, TX 75243

  • Trinidad Morales
    commented 2015-09-30 15:31:21 -0600
    Cesar what’s up with not raising taxs on senior citizens
  • Bilyliles Liles
    commented 2015-05-23 17:02:01 -0600
    I am A 65 year old 8 year navy Vietnam era vet. I joined the navy in Temple, Texas in 1969. I have a 17 year old son that was also born in Temple. I had planned on using hazelwood to help pay for his college. I just wanted to thank you for standing up for us older vets. To bad my own representave hasn’t shown the same support.
  • Rosalie Escobedo
    commented 2015-04-07 10:52:28 -0600
    Dear Esteemed Representative Cesar Blanco,


    HB 2023 – creating a forensic medical director position responsible for statewide coordination and oversight of forensic mental health services provided by the Department of State Health Services.

    HB 3115 – Relating to coverage for certain services relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs.

    Good afternoon! My name is Rosalie Marie Escobedo, I am a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and I am writing to ask for your support on HB 2023 and HB 3115. Those bills are being heard in the House Public Health Committee this Tuesday and they would have a positive impact for Texans with mental illness, their families, and the state of Texas as a whole.

    Additionally, I was born in El Paso and have many family members still in El Paso. The topic of mental illness is near and dear to my family and many families in Texas.

    Thank you kindly,

    Rosalie M. Escobedo
  • Richard Elmore
    commented 2015-03-27 07:53:05 -0600
    Hello, my name is Richard Elmore and although I am not one of your constituents, I have been a Texas resident since birth. Your actions on HB 3499 – relating to the labeling of genetically modified food – can and will affect me and my family.

    It has been brought to my attention that HB 3499, authored by State Representative Carol Alvarado, has been referred to the Public Health committee. I strongly urge you to support HB 3499 and ensure its success.

    It is not only insulting for American food companies to label genetically modified foods (now regulated as pesticides by the EPA) on their products in other countries for families overseas, while hiding that information from American families, it is a violation of a fundamental human right. Whether genetically modified foods are actually safe for human consumption is irrelevant. We are aware of the research and scientific studies, but we still should have the right to opt out of consuming genetically modified foods.

    Anti-labeling policy is only in the best interest of the chemical companies who would have to be accountable to their products if they were labeled, and industry-funded spokesmen defending them.

    Let’s prove to the rest of the country that Texas actually cares about Texans and their right to know what is in the food they are consuming. Thank you for your time and I look forward to tracking this bill through the Texas House of Representatives.
  • Sandra Bentz
    commented 2015-03-11 20:05:01 -0600
    Dear Representative Cesar Blanco,

    I am requesting that you vote against HB 2006 to eliminate or restrict conscientious and religious exemptions to mandatory vaccinations. As a mother of three daughters, I firmly believe that parents should have the right to make fully informed, voluntary medical decisions about what is injected in to their child, and when it is injected, without being punished for it.

    I used to believe that all vaccines were safe, but I have now realized that I was mistaken. The risks associated with each vaccine should be individually and carefully weighed against the benefits. In 1975, the CDC recommended 23 doses of 7 vaccines by the age of 18 years. The CDC now recommends 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18. After my daughter received the Gardasil vaccination in 2007, she was unable to move her arm for about a week and subsequently developed a chronic, respiratory “asthma-like” condition. This condition could not be definitely diagnosed or effectively treated, and it lasted two years. She has since recovered, but that gave me motivation to do my own research. Other vaccines have undergone equally poor clinical trials with false advertising accompanied. Until there is accountability or liability in a civil court of law in front of a jury of our peers for anyone who makes, profits, regulates or promotes vaccines, the only people we are protecting, if this bill were to be put into effect, is the people who profit from these vaccines – not the children, not the public, and certainly not our freedom. Taking away the ability to give informed consent violates civil liberties and human rights.

    I strongly urge you to prevent this bill from passing.

    Thank you.
  • judy Ackerman
    commented 2014-12-19 17:13:47 -0700
    The Rio Bosque Wetlands Park , is El Paso’s largest park. I hope you will help us with this project and spread the word.

    Please contact members of the El Paso County Water Improvement District # 1 (EPCWID#1) and ask them to approve a license to allow completion of the pipeline from the Roberto Bustamante Waste Water Treatment Plant (RBWWTP) to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. Background information, sample letter and EPCWID#1 members’ contact information are below. Please e-mail, phone, and / or send a US Postal letter to all members.

    Also, plan to attend the next meeting of the EPCWID#1 Board, Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 8:30 AM, District Board Room, 13247 Alameda Ave, Clint, TX.

    Judy Ackerman


    Cell: 703-622-0661


    Construction of the pipeline is almost complete except for where it would cross a drain owned by EPCWID#1. The drain, abandoned for at least 30 years, has filled in and is nonexistent in the area of the pipeline. In July 2014, EPWU Public Service Board awarded the contract for pipeline construction and expected completion by 26 December 2014. Without a license from EPCWID#1, the project will be delayed increasing the costs and unnecessarily complicating the pipeline design.

    EPWU owns the effluent from the RBWWTP which produces an average of 28 million gallons per day, but they have no facilities to hold that water. Once water enters infrastructure owned by EPCWID#1, the water belongs to EPCWID#1.

    In the early 1990s Rio Bosque Wetlands Park was identified as the preferred site for a wetland project to mitigate for natural habitat loss caused by the American Canal Extension. The wetland project at the Park was designed to utilize effluent from the adjacent RBWWTP. Currently, the Park only receives water from RBWWTP for a few months in the winter. To realize its potential for critical habitat restoration, ecosystem services, aquifer recharge, and economic benefit from eco-tourism, the Wetlands Park needs water.

    Wetlands ecosystem services provide a myriad of benefits to El Pasoans including clean air, clean water, and esthetic, cultural and spiritual value. Services provided by wetlands include stormwater storage, nutrient removal and climate regulation. Using extremely conservative estimates by highly regarded researchers, Robert Costanza et al, the value of the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park ecosystem services would be over $1 million per year.

    Farmers benefit from having water in the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park because it will recharge the aquifer they pump from to irrigate their fields. The water from the RBWWTP will improve the quality of the water in the aquifer which according to Art Ivey is so salty, "We’re pouring poison on our [pecan] trees.” (El Paso Times, 15 Dec 2014). There is also the possibility of extending the pipeline to a proposed regulating reservoir immediately south of the Park which will capture “tail” water and make it available to farmers.

    Sample Letter:

    Dear EPCWID#1 Board Member,

    I implore you to approve a license that will allow completion of the pipeline from the Roberto Bustamante Waste Water Treatment Plant to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park by allowing the pipeline to cross the Rio Intercepting Drain right-of-way.

    Without the license, El Paso Water Utilities (EPWU) will need to design and engineer a more convoluted route for the pipeline that will increase the expense to all EPWU rate-payers and delay completion of the pipeline.

    Adding water to the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park will benefit farmers by recharging and improving the quality of the aquifer. Farmers will also benefit when the pipeline is extended to the proposed regulating reservoir where “tail” water can be utilized by irrigators.


    Your Name and Contact Information

    EPCWID#1 Board members’ contact information (Corrected):

    Name Position E-mail

    Jesus Reyes General Manager

    Johnny Stubbs President

    Art Ivey Vice President

    Indar Singh Secretary None

    Miguel Teran Board Member

    Larry Ceballos Board Member

    US Postal address: PO Box 749, Clint, TX 79836-0749

    Phone: 915-872-4000
  • Enrique de    Santiago
    commented 2014-10-08 20:07:38 -0600
    Thank you for your news letter and we will vote for you again.There is only one thing I wish you would do and that is on your envelope you address it with my name on it and then you add “or current resident”..that really aggravates me.Please use the name of the voter or just “Resident”.Thank you and let’s win!
  • Enrique de    Santiago
    commented 2014-10-08 20:05:19 -0600
    Thank you for your news letter and we will vote for you again.There is only one thing I wish you would do and that is on your envelope you address it with my name on it and then you add “or current resident”..that really aggravates me.Please use the name of the voter or just “Resident”.Thank you and let’s win!
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    commented 2014-10-01 05:25:06 -0600

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  • Johanna Runnels
    commented 2014-08-21 14:08:30 -0600
    Would you be so kind as to provide a campaign email address so we can send you a link to a candidate survey? We are partnering with American Family Association Action and other groups to produce a voter guide for the general election.

    Thank you,

    Johanna Runnels

    Heritage Alliance
  • Cindy Milton
    commented 2014-08-14 10:28:03 -0600
    What is the mailing address for a campaign contribution?
  • Dusty Henson
    commented 2014-03-05 16:45:02 -0700
    Cesar, Please call me.

    Dusty Henson 544-1000

    El Paso Saddleblanket Co.
  • Jesus Molinar
    commented 2014-02-25 18:51:10 -0700
    How can we do away with property taxes and institute an income tax?
  • Troy Reynolds
    commented 2014-02-03 16:28:06 -0700

    I am the founder of a fledgling group called Texans for Public Education. Our focus as a political action group is to present a block of voters who are willing to abandon party lines and focus solely on the issue of education. We are teachers and parents who believe that public education is a foundation of Democracy, and who are extremely concerned with the current direction of education in our great state. Would you be kind enough to present us with a position statement on education which I can post for our members?


    Troy Reynolds

    Texans for Public Education
  • James McLaughlin
    commented 2014-01-27 17:23:43 -0700
    On your door-hangers under health care it says “and fight to make health care more affordable.” For the life of me I cannot see how this can be accomplished without instituting price controls..