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Wow, to be singled out like this is a bit tough.

I'm a bit like you in that I want to say, 'Who cares what a newspaper in New York thinks?' Yet for some reason, I'm concerned Lubbock is being put on blast. Why not Amarillo, with its meat-packing plant breakouts, or Midland-Odessa, with its low adherence to safety and demonstrations against closings?

Nope. Instead, you get Lubbock. It's my best guess that it's due to our geography more than anything else.  Maybe Lubbock is a bit well more known than those towns due to Texas Tech Sports steppin' up a bit.

Lubbock County Commissioner Jason Corley was quoted in the piece, saying:

We’re some of the nicest people in the entire world. But as soon as you make demands and tell them they’re going to do something, you get a different response: You don’t get to tell me what to do.

The article also put Braum's and The Brewery on passive-aggressive blast for having patrons not masked up. (I'm assuming this was mostly written before Gov. Abbott's mask order, which went into effect noon on July 3rd.)

So I guess the New York Times story's theme is that people from Lubbock are nice, but hard-headed. I recommend giving it a read. It does not seem to be mean-spirited or with an inherent bias, it just seems to lay all the facts out there.

I'd just like to add to what Commissioner Corley said in his quote. Yes, folks from Lubbock are some of the nicest in the world. I only wish that they'd realize wearing a mask is a great way to be nice to your neighbors and fellow shoppers.