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

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

Rave On: Buddy Holly Hall a feast for eyes and ears … thanks to all who got this stunning showplace done

I walked into the Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences for the first time on Saturday night, January 23. After having my temperature taken. Since plans were announced for the now fully sprouted “Holly Hall,” I’ve been excited about going to an event. Odds were it would be a Lubbock Symphony Orchestra concert … 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

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

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

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