Thanks But No Thanks

Tonight I sent an email to my City Representative. Another reader complained that the security guards at San Jacinto Plaza were telling people that they couldn’t accept tips for busking in the plaza.

The Supreme Court has ruled that busking is protected under the First Amendment, as is tipping. But you know that rules, and laws, are mere details for the city.

So I shot an email off to my City Rep. Here’s the auto-reply I got:

“Thank you for filling in the form.”

Not “We appreciate your interest in city government.” Not “Thank you for caring about El Paso.” Not “We’ll get back to you.”

“Thank you for filling in the form.”

As far as the City is concerned, we are just faceless, nameless, no-account form filler-inners.

If you want to know what’s wrong with city government, there’s a clue.

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