Proposition: Benefits controversy hits ballot
El Paso Times Editorial Board
Posted: 10/30/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT
The El Paso Times recommends that you vote FOR the proposition on the ballot.
It reads, "Shall the ordinance, endorsing traditional family values by making health benefits available only to city employees and their legal spouse and dependent children, be approved?"
The slant of the El Paso community -- heavily Catholic, heavily Hispanic, cherishing tradition -- appears to be in favor of this proposition. We agree.
Foes are saying this will affect retirees. This is untrue and is simply a scare tactic.
On Aug. 25, 2009, City Council approved extending health and medical benefits to same-sex and unmarried partners of city employees.
This was done without an adequate chance for city residents -- whose tax money pays for benefits -- to voice their opinions. Council members apparently thought the majority of El Pasoans wouldn't approve of their move.
This is a chance for El Pasoans to give voice to their opinions.
We recommend that El Pasoans vote FOR, in favor of traditional family values.