I have seen a lot of growth in the attitudes in Hub City.

Just for a second, think about this: It was just 12 years ago that Lubbock Police was raiding local businesses for having sex toys on the shelves.

"What I've Done" by Linkin Park and "The Pretender" by the Foo Fighters were rockin' on 94.5 FMX. The Sopranos was wrapping up its run on HBO, and at the movies, we were watching Knocked Up and Superbad. The point is, it wasn't that long ago.

Keep in mind that the last documented raid in Lubbock was at a place that kept their inventory in a cabinet and you had to ask to see what was inside. Interestingly enough, it was just one year later that a nationwide chain of novelty shops, a staple of malls everywhere, began to devote a portion of their store to sex toys (in fairness, they were also raided in some other areas of the country).

Nowadays, the same store operates every day with no problem -- and no lack of teens getting an eyeful of a wide array of stuff to tickle your giggle bits.

So where am I going with this? Once again, the repression that led to the original raids is no different than the claims that Harry Potter is satanic; it's a load of hooey and a lesson going forward. It's people trying to make a buck off of what other people don't quite understand.

I credit the internet and smartphones with opening minds. You can't just bully people into behaving a way you like when they have a slew of information at their fingertips. I hope Lubbock will take embarrassing moments like those ridiculous raids of 12 years ago and learn from them.

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