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All the news that's fit to snicker at...

How desperate are folks here for something newsworthy to report? Check out what made it onto the front page of the El Paso Times this morning:

Train with chile slams into truck with onions

and it gets even better when the highlighted quote for the article is this gem:

'It would have made great salsa.' - N.M. police officer

How sad is it that someone's 15 minutes of fame would get used up saying something like that to a reporter? Forget about the trial of the century or even a career bust, this guy went to a T.A.


Sometimes the people in this area crack me up (the rest of the time I just wince).


Re: Ahhhhhh.... I get it.

I often hear that our paper is boring and sometimes I can't help but agree

it's the news, it can't help but come off as a bit boring. I'm not putting down what you do by any means because as a writer, I view journalists as the grunts of the print world (quick deadlines, new stories daily, etc)... But i'm sure due to limited ammount of space and such, it's hardword to get your point across, meaning that it comes off as "just the facts" reading? (not like prose or such where you can sit and ellaborate to your heart's content (or an editors boiling point haha))

...the fun parts of the newspaper (for me) are the sports and living sections :oP (oh and the NYSE listing b/c my pitiful stock in WalMart is still doing decently) hahahaha And well, the living section could do a MUCH better job to help promote the local music, theatre and art scenes... quite a few things happen in el paso w/ very little mention in the EPTimes :o(

but hey, we've had an EPTimes subscription for as long as long as I can remember...and I still miss the Herald-Post in the afternoons hehe. I won't stop reading the EPTimes anytime soon

Re: Ahhhhhh.... I get it.

yaeh...i'm a huge football fan and a major stats-junkie...and even though I'll sit online and read stats, I love reading them in the paper too hehe... and I also like Joe Muench's columns hehe

Re: Ahhhhhh.... I get it.

Of course one thing to consider is that TV news shows have an edge in that they require no effort to enjoy. It's scary to realize how many people consider reading a chore (not to mention the fact that they have to buy the newspaper).

I mean, honestly, I prefer reading the paper to watching the news because I grew up with it in the house ever day and I can tell that you guys have the time to make sure you get things right (for the most part), but sometimes it does show that the paper knows that it's basically monopoly and can slack off a little bit on some things.

Even though the local TV news shows do tend to suck, since there are half a dozen of them in the city, you always get a sense that they're trying to outperform each other and that does make a difference.