Longtime Cactus Theater musician Mark Paden, who died this week at 72, remembered as a ‘sweet soul’ with tremendous talent

(Thanks to Mark Paden’s family, Cami Caldwell and Jill Kerns for providing photos for this story.) Many people in Lubbock have heavy hearts this week after the sudden death of singer-songwriter-musician Mark Paden. The personable, often extremely funny Paden entertained tens of thousands during his more than 22 years as a member of the Lubbock … Continued

After a year of hell for movie theaters, what does 2021 hold? Bill explores challenges and what’s (hopefully) coming

Motion picture theaters need help from the general public to keep their doors open after theater ticket sales dropped nationwide a whopping 80 percent in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. This is the closest Lubbock has come to losing its entire movie theater business. This movie fanatic might still be weeping had that occurred. For … Continued

Embarrassment at the Capitol is just ‘another’ last straw

I’m always impressed with America’s presidential transfer of power, whether I agree or disagree with election results, The outgoing  president is part of the inauguration process. Over the years, it told me we’re different than countries where bloody, violent coups take place or the power structure never lets go. Think Russia’s Vladimir “Oppose me and … Continued

‘Mank’ on Netflix is well-acted tale of making of ‘Citizen Kane,’ but sometimes needs a roadmap to follow

“Mank” Rated: R for “some language.” Streaming only on Netflix. Direction: David Fincher. Stars: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey, Arliss Howard, Tuppence Middleton, Monika Gossman, Joseph Cross, Sam Troughton, Toby Leonard Moore, Tom Burke, Charles Dance, Ferdinand Kingsley and Jeff Harms. Screenplay: Jack Fincher (who died in 2003). Music: Trent Reznor and … Continued

Live-action ‘Mulan’ isn’t worth Disney’s high price and even if you have Disney+ it may not be worth your time

Film: “Mulan,” rated PG-13 for sequences of violence. Streaming only on: Disney+. Director: Niki Caro. Cast: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Li Gong, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Pei-Pei Cheng, Xana Tang, Ron Yuan, Jun Yu and Chen Tang. Writers: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, suggested … Continued

Why do I support President Trump? Let me count my reasons

It looks like President Trump will be a one-term president and it’s a tragedy too many Americans didn’t see in our president the great things I’ve seen these last four years. Too many people thought he was too rough around the edges. Well, running a country and trying to return it to greatness is not … Continued

Will the real Dan Pope please stand up? An aspirational endorsement

With Lubbock’s May municipal elections moved to November, a change forced by COVID-19, two-term Mayor Dan Pope suddenly finds himself in a frighteningly close race with an unknown party disc jockey who has stolen valor issues and an inconsistent political track record. Given the lack of name ID, exaggeration of his military record and minimal … Continued

USA Today columnist starting to get on my nerves as we all struggle to regain some normalcy

The late Jack Anderson is considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism. He wrote a very popular column for years. I noticed after awhile, it seemed he was sometimes reaching. He’d built this reputation and some of his columns started to feel like he was pushing beyond fairness to keep his reputation. I’m … Continued

What is Shelley Luther hiding?

What is Shelley Luther hiding? Nothing, according to Shelley Luther; let’s make that clear at the outset. We talked with the beauty shop operator turned Senate District 30 aspirant today, just eight days before the special election. Luther answered with no hesitation a question about whether she’d ever been fired from a public school district. … Continued

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