I apologize that there have been no posts in the last two days. All is well, I have just been terribly busy, believe it or not considering the pandemic. I am not complaining because I have some exciting projects I am working on. One of them is continuing to write about border politics here. But the Covid-19 pandemic has created a historical opportunity to explore. The pandemic is also forcing us to figure out how we will be dealing with the economic changes. Life has changed, make no mistake about it.

As life has fundamentally changed, it is important that not only do we document those changes in real time for future historians to understand but that we also understand the economic changes looming over all of us.

Those who will prosper are those who can adapt to the new economic realities.

The border, believe it or not, remains severely misunderstood although many proclaim themselves to be experts on the border. But the border also remains the hot potato in American politics.

One of the projects that I have been quietly working on is encouraging citizen journalists to give a voice to those who get lost in the noise of the politics of the nation. The El Paso News is the voices from fronterizos, or borderlanders – those who live and work on the border. Miguel Juárez has graciously taken the reigns of the El Paso News and is guiding it towards success.

If you have not already looked at it, go visit it at this link.

I am sure you will not be disappointed.

I am also working on finalizing a long-term project that will be launching next week.

As I look at the new economic landscape post the Corona virus epidemic, I have come to understand that business has changed for all of us. Agile, dynamic and lean is the business of the future. More so than it has ever been before.

Before the pandemic, the notion that businesses could operate with a remote workforce was something many talked about, but few embraced. The pandemic has demonstrated that lean and remote workforces are not only possible but effective.

The technology to support efficient and integrated remote workforces is the future.

Next week I will be announcing my new project.

I am super excited about it and I believe it will make a difference in how America operates businesses post the pandemic. Stay tuned.

As far as this blog, and the El Paso News, there is much to discuss and comment about what is going on with immigration, the border and border economies. I will continue to post about these topics, and occasionally, about technology here and on the El Paso News.

I will also keep working on my digital art and photography. I am also writing three books. Yea I know, but I get wrestles.

In closing I would like to state that I understand that what has happened over the last month, or so, and what is yet to come is disheartening to many. These are trying times. All I can say about this is that it is important to understand that things have changed, will continue to change and the best we can do is help each other out while at the same time understanding that there are many out there who subscribe to the dog-eat-dog world.

I choose not to, and I believe many of you are the same.

We must be vigilant. But we must also be willing to extend a helping hand. Government is fundamentally flawed. It will never help the citizenry without stumbling over bureaucracy designed to benefit the dog-eat-dog people of the world.

To you, I extend you a sincere wish that all is well with you and your families.

¡Hast pronto!

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...