Brad Ralston’s building Red Feather Golf & Social Club in south Lubbock. It’s private, expensive … but you can bring your flip-flops

Picture above: Brad Ralston stands on what will be the 10th tee box at Red Feather. Judge Smails and Brad Ralston would not be golfing pals. Smails – from the movie “Caddyshack” – represented the stuffy, formal, rules-laden country club chief who’d melt on the spot if he saw Ralston’s vision for a chunk of … Continued

It’s long past time to share the well-endowed Texas PUF with more than two arrogant schools … Burrows, Perry take aim

In early 2007, then-new Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance visited the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal editorial board. I’d been editor a little more than six months. But I’d heard about the Permanent University Fund – the PUF – and asked Hance why it only benefitted the University of Texas and Texas A&M. Could that be changed? “Terry, … Continued

Tell your Council member better transparency needed on $56-million windfall so Lubbock doesn’t make another mistake

Lubbock’s City Council is about to decide how to use a $56 million-plus windfall from the American Rescue Plan Act. The dollars will be used to stimulate Lubbock’s economy and can fund a broad range of initiatives. During the next Council meeting on the 13th, they will determine how much citizen input they’ll allow as … Continued

Vote to save lives starting Monday

Jim Baxa wrote this piece in 2019. Since then, a measure to outlaw abortion in Lubbock is on the May 1 ballot and early voting begins Monday, April 19. Lubbock should be a sanctuary city. No, I’m not talking about immigration. I am talking about abortion. Lubbock should be a sanctuary city for the unborn. … Continued

Lubbock’s tax on free speech: ‘We paid police $1,625 for security for that march; why pay if they were watching us anyway?’

March for Life participants had a myriad of reactions to the Lubbock Lights’ story that Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas had supplied the Lubbock Police Department with an intelligence dossier, a watch list, of participants and organizers of the January March for Life. Most notable is, “I’ll wear that with a badge of honor.” Several expressed disappointment … Continued

Planned Parenthood targeted pro-life protestors with watch list given to Lubbock Police Department before March for Life

Many Lubbock citizens have questioned the level of collusion between the city of Lubbock and Planned Parenthood and now documents obtained by the Sandstorm Scholar answer some questions, but raise even more: Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas gave the Lubbock Police Department a watch list targeting Pro-Life protestors before January’s March for Life. Police are … Continued

One immigrant’s pilgrimage to citizenship and American conservatism

American conservative beliefs include individual liberty — within the bounds of conservative values — as the fundamental trait of democracy. American political conservatives believe in limiting government in size and scope, and in a balance between federal government and states’ rights. These core values are what drive America’s Republican Party (GOP). Although my active political involvement … Continued

Moving LP&L to ERCOT grid was right choice for Lubbock

I served on the Electric Utility Board of LP&L during the critical time when the board made the decision to move LP&L into the ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) grid. The decision was made to purchase power from producers in ERCOT rather than build our own power plant and stay in the SPP       (Southwest … Continued

Finn Walter returns home to open The Nicolett, a restaurant to ‘define and create High Plains Cuisine’

When Finn Walter attended Lubbock High School, his palate was advanced well beyond his classmates. They hadn’t grown up eating at European restaurants worthy of one or more stars in the prestigious Michelin dining guides. Years later – after college and working in restaurants across the country and the Atlantic – Walter’s opened up The … Continued

Snow, ice, record cold? No problem, I lived in North Dakota. No water in the house? Big problem

As I sit here Monday morning, it’s 2 degrees outside … wondering if it’ll get colder inside if we get hit with the rolling blackouts going across Texas because of the record cold weather affecting the state’s power grid. After that, I’m waiting for the locust and plague. Wait … we’ve been dealing with our … Continued

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