There are three things that will always get people fired up here in Texas:

Barbecue

Texas Tech Athletics

Politics

You can already figure out which one causes the most consternation, especially in such a politically-charged day and age and in such a polarized area such as this. With that in mind...we get letters:

"Let me start by saying that I know that I am in the minority in my neighborhood. I have lived in Lubbock for many years, and live in a very quiet area, and am definitely left-of-center. For the longest time, people have stayed fairly neutral, or quiet on political matters on our street, but this past week, the neighbor across the street crossed a line with me.

I have been a Beto O'Rourke supporter for years, and decided to show my support for the first time by proudly placing a sign in my yard.  It is the only yard sign on the block, so my support stands out, and my landlord has never said anything.  On a couple of occasions, I had noticed that my sign had been taken down and was laying in the yard. I placed it back up, but when I come home, it is laying flat again. I haven't seen it personally, but I suspect that it is my neighbor across the street who is taking it down.

I want to confront him, since I've already had to talk to him before about having an American flag outside his house. He keeps it up year-round, and not just on holidays, which is offensive, and let him know that.  His attitude was less than ideal, and I feel that he is simply being petty. Should I confront him about being on my property illegally? Or do I call the police (who probably won't help anyway)?"

 

Ummmm, what? Whoa. So much to unpack here.

First off, you never saw your neighbor do it so you have no proof. Second, you already had beef with your neighbor abut his flag, which is really none of your business if it's his property. Finally, if you want to know exactly what's going on, invest in a Ring camera or something to see what's happening to be sure. If you make an accusation without any evidence, you're liable to get a blast of buckshot in the behind in this state.

No, it's not right that someone is removing a sign in your yard, but two wrongs don't make a right and you both have to live on that street. So it's best to try and stay civil and not fan the flames, no matter your passion for your candidate. It's an election. At some point, it will be over.

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