What’s the Real Legacy of Outgoing Lubbock Politicians?
I find it funny when the word "legacy" is used with the outgoing City of Lubbock crew.
Lubbock has changed out one mayor and three city councilmen, and stories about their legacy are now popping up. I don't know the day-to-day challenges these people face, but I'm going to tell you what I remember most from the last few years.
We continued to let the city get involved with ERCOT even though we were given the biggest indication ever that it was a bad idea. It's almost like God himself stepped up to Lubbock and said, "Are you sure you wanna do this?" I'm sorry if this comes across as flippant, but hundreds of people died in Texas due to the incompetence of the power provider.
Citizens Tower Was Flooded
I'm not really sure any of these men could have done anything about this, but it's embarrassing that a city project went this badly on their watch.
They Couldn't Sell a Road Bond to the People
Seriously, how bad do you have to be at your job that people say "no" to better roads? You would think that if everybody listed three things they'd want from a politician, better roads would have been one of them.
They Were Used as Stooges
They were in power when the whole "Sanctuary City for the Unborn" thing went down. I actually believe they were in the right by punting the ball on this, but they let other politicians walk all over them and make them look bad on the topic.
They Have Nothing to Point to
I thought everyone had a "pet project." I thought we'd have something like "Pope for Parks" or a real focus on any issue. If I were in charge, I'd have two or three projects that you'd absolutely get sick of me talking about. Instead, I feel like this group was just placeholders between administrations.
The Pope Parade
Shutting down businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and then being in what I called a two-faced troll parade to open small businesses back up during the pandemic has to be one of the most cowardly things I've ever seen someone do. I would have respected either choice far more than playing both sides.
Here's a photo of Mayor Pope in that very "parade":
I certainly hope the incoming administration will look at this and be a bit more aggressive in their work. Creating change and making a difference doesn't have to cost money, which seems to be everyone's concern.
We can achieve goals and make progress if a few good men and women commit themselves to do so.