Republican Chair West sees first test: Rep. Lyle Larson declares war on the party

Republican malcontent state representative Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) just published to Twitter an editorial in the Galveston County Daily News under the headline We Need to Get Rid of the Two Party System. And while it wouldn’t merit notice ordinarily, as not much attention is usually paid to a state rep’s op-ed pieces, this one … Continued

Just up Highway 385 …

Mount Rushmore National Memorial has long been a bucket list thing for me. Those lists, allegedly compiled by people of a certain age, were, in reality, chiseled in stone decades ago by the dedicated work of elementary school social studies teachers, with the final flourishes applied in senior civics class and by a myriad of … Continued

Freedom comes with responsibility: To mask or not to mask, there’s difference between being right and doing right thing

Sometimes I don’t get it. Why would anybody watch the ’90s TV show “The Nanny” with Fran Drescher and that voice? She may be a marvelous person … could not handle that voice. Refuse to watch slasher-type horror movies and believe these pieces of cinematic garbage have contributed to a cheapening of life. Flummoxed why … Continued

Your vote in two Lubbock County judicial runoffs has more impact than when you vote for president … so go vote

In his 1892 autobiography, Frederick Douglass said “the liberties of the American people were dependent upon the ballot-box, the jury-box, and the cartridge-box; that without these no class of people could live and flourish in this country … ” Many people choose not to vote, which is their right as much as it is those … Continued

Evie Mae’s beloved ‘cue in Wolfforth figured out how to meat the demand during virus restrictions

My favorite Bible verse is from James 1: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. In other words, you have a choice how you … Continued

Texas Supreme Court opinion regarding government emergency powers may foreshadow future rulings

Associate Editor’s note: The Texas Supreme Court has declined to exercise original jurisdiction for an emergency writ of mandamus filed by a business challenging the constitutionality of it’s local government’s coronavirus restrictions. However, one Justice took the time to pen a concurrence to that decision. The result is a measured but firm admonition to governments, … Continued

Stars & Stripes Drive-In is back with trio of movies, virus-related rules … and go to bathroom before you get in the car

In 1921, cars were parked bumper-to-bumper at one of the nation’s first drive-in movie theaters in Comanche, Texas. Vehicle occupants were watching silent films. That sort of turnout is the last thing theater owner Ryan Smith wants today when he re-opens his three-screen Stars & Stripes Drive-In. Instead, he plans to enforce “social distancing” by … Continued

I don’t want the kids afraid to play … a life lesson in permissive parenting

As parents and children engage each other in new and potentially rewarding ways, one hears so many stories from newly formed “schools” in every home that one could run a regular column on the anecdotes from parents who have now assumed the role of parent, principal and professor all in one. One “school principal” reported … Continued

Well, maybe Scott, but as Lubbock businesses prepare to make their comeback, here’s a to-do list of what must happen

When we open Lubbock’s businesses  … if that’s May 1 or afterwards … what will happen? Actually … I’m not asking. I’m telling what your business must do or I, and many others, will not do business with you. And this is a great opportunity for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce to help. So much … Continued

Pope’s Politburo: Is this America?

A politburo (/ˈpɒlɪtbjʊəroʊ/) or political bureau is the executive committee for communist parties.[1] It is present in most former and existing communist states (Wikipedia). After consulting with no one before closing Lubbock six weeks ago, Mayor Dan Pope has decided a committee of 20 are necessary to decide when and how to open Lubbock. Their … Continued

Enough is enough … let Lubbock work

2020 will forever be remembered as the year we were told to go home, so long as we had a home, and starve in order to save ourselves. Hyperbole? Sure. But it’s close enough. By the end of this month we will have seen what is likely to be the largest cumulative loss of wealth … Continued

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