Froma Harrop: Who are outlaw bikers?

Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco — a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn’t? Who are they?

Steve Chapman: Prisons, the new asylums

A Bronx man died in police custody earlier this month after police responded to a 911 call. An Iraq combat veteran in El Paso serving a two-day DWI sentence died after being subdued by guards. A woman died after being Tasered by sheriff’s deputies in a Fairfax, Virginia, cell.

Scott Parks: Let me say this about that

Boy Scout leaders in the Frontier Trails District are going to have a lot to talk about when they assemble for their next Roundtable sessions on June 4 at First Baptist Church in Denton.

Susan Estrich: Hillary’s emails hardly shocking

Shocking. Forwarding non-classified material. I’m horrified. Seriously, I’m not.

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Clarence Page: The thrill lives on

News that B.B. King has died aggravates my anecdotage, the stage of life in which every new development reminds you of an old story.

Jonah Goldberg: Faltering isn’t Jeb’s biggest problem

By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly’s “knowing what we know now” question about the Iraq War. I’m not convinced.

James Patterson / Guest Column

Congress is rewriting federal higher education policy. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the chairman of the upper chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, recently outlined his reform agenda, which includes a measure that could force colleges to assume some of the financial risk for their students’ loans.

Froma Harrop: Death penalty for Tsarnaev hurst Boston

Why was 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to die in a state so generally opposed to capital punishment? A recent Boston Globe poll found that only 19 percent of Massachusetts residents wanted the Boston Marathon bomber put to death. The state hasn’t seen an execution since 1947.

Glenna Harris: Rely on teachers, not faulty tests

Twenty-eight thousand high school seniors across Texas have taken and passed all the courses required for graduation. Moreover, they have taken Advanced Placement tests, International Baccalaureate tests, SAT and ACT tests the old-fashioned way and scored well enough to be selected by colleges and military academies for admission.

Steve Chapman: Democrats abandon free trade

For a long time, there was a bipartisan consensus for free trade. President George H.W. Bush, a Republican, negotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement, and Democrat Bill Clinton got it passed. It prevailed in the Senate in 1993 with the support of 27 Democrats and 34 Republicans.

Adam Briggle / Guest Column

Denton’s state Rep. Myra Crownover voted recently for House Bill 40, a piece of legislation that will kill Denton’s fracking ban. Yes, the same ban her constituents overwhelmingly approved in the November election. Then she had the nerve to turn around and tell us HB 40 is actually in our best interests.

Linda Chavez: Pope shows his left-wing leanings

Pope Francis’ decision to give formal recognition to a Palestinian state is puzzling at best. Some conservative Catholics — most prominently scholar and papal biographer George Weigel — have given a wide berth to the pope’s views on income inequality, climate change and how best to integrate gay and divorced Catholics into the Church’s ministry, even as the left has gleefully embraced the pontiff’s rhetoric.

Susan Estrich: Not much to celebrate in today’s job market

If the numbers are so good, how come everyone I know is depressed? I mean the job numbers. And I don’t mean that literally everyone I know is depressed. But you don’t hear too many people humming show tunes in the grocery line. People seem to pull away from the television screen in the elevator, as if the bad news is contagious.

Chris Watts: HB 40 likely to render frack ban unenforceable

It seems certain that House Bill 40, also known in Austin as the “Denton anti-fracking bill,” will become effective any day now. Denton’s ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing was approved Nov. 4, 2014, by Denton residents at the ballot box. Yet, HB 40 likely will render Denton’s ordinance unenforceable.

Kathleen Parker: Protect religious freedoms

WASHINGTON — It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians — inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party’s base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.

Doyle McManus: Congress inactive on Islamic State

When President Obama announced nine months ago that the United States was going to war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Congress reached an unusual near-consensus on two big points: Entering the fight was a good idea, but it was also important that the legislative branch formally authorize the campaign.

Froma Harrop: Left so wrong on trade

The left’s success in denying President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership is ugly to behold. The case put forth by a showboating Sen. Elizabeth Warren — that Obama cannot be trusted to make a deal in the interests of American workers — is almost worse than wrong. It is irrelevant.

Ed Ireland: Taxpayers foot the bill on fracking bans

Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing has been in the news quite a bit recently, but there’s an issue that has been lost in much of that debate: taxes.

Jonah Goldberg: Halperin shows bias in grilling of Ted Cruz

Steve Chapman: Sanity now making a comeback

One lesson of American history is that in times of war or crisis, American presidents, lawmakers and citizens often lose their minds. Another lesson is that they eventually regain their senses. When it comes to national security in the age of terrorism, it looks as though the national fever has broken.

Walter E. Williams: Lives of all blacks matter in America

Before we examine the issue of police shootings of blacks, I would like to start the conversation with another question.

Scott Parks: Let me say this about that

Some people are talkers. Others are doers.

Kathleen Parker: Sometimes messenger really is the problem

WASHINGTON — The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative Prophet Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest in Texas, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First Amendment.

Clarence Page: Campaigns roll amid ashes of unrest

Riots can bring out the best in politicians — and the worst. The Watts riots in Los Angeles 50 years ago, among other civil disturbances of that period, led President Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Fair Housing Act of 1968. They also led him secretly to look for possible communist conspiracies behind the uprisings.

Linda Chavez: Clinton’s immigration push phony

Like her former boss Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is more interested in goading Republicans on immigration than she is in actually fixing our broken system. Clinton recently announced that she would expand on Obama’s executive action, which would defer deportation and grant work permits for up to five million illegal immigrants in the U.S.

Leonard Pitts: Graham simply doing what mothers do

A few thoughts about Toya Graham. You may not know her name, but you probably know what she did. You’ve probably seen the viral video of Graham, during the recent unrest in Baltimore, using some rather pungent language and some open-handed smacks upside the head to pull her 16-year-old son out of the riot zone. She told CBS News he had gone there in defiance of her orders. When she saw him, dressed for mayhem in a black face mask, rock in hand, “I just lost it.”

Christopher Taylor: Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst

House Bill 937 and Senate Bill 11 would allow people to carry firearms on college campuses. The bills are pending in the Texas Legislature.

Jonah Goldberg: Fix culture of poverty to increase incomes

Neighborhoods matter.

Thomas Linzey: Denton must stand up for its rights

To the good people of Denton, we say “welcome to the party.” Well, it’s not really a party, actually more like a wake, where communities from across the country are mourning the loss of local control and democracy.

Steve Chapman: Can Biden or Huckabee win in 2016?

Mike Huckabee mounted an impressive campaign kickoff Tuesday, has a natural base among evangelical voters in the Republican Party and won eight states in the 2008 race.

Kathleen Parker: Judge own perceptions like we do others'

WASHINGTON — Comments about recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges — perception.

Susan Estrich: Why did role model for men have to die?

They had it all. And then, in a moment, it all changed.

Linda Chavez: Thug by any other name still a thug

For most Americans, including President Barack Obama, the term “thug” seemed an appropriate appellation for the rioters who destroyed businesses, homes and other property in Baltimore recently.

Doyle McManus: Conflict-of-interest problems to dog Hillary

The harshest charges against Hillary Clinton — that she made decisions that favored donors to her family’s charitable foundation when she was secretary of state — aren’t sticking.

Walter E. Williams: California's main water problem is economic

Californians are experiencing their third year of drought. Headlines read: “Current California Drought Is Driest In State’s History; Scientists Fear ‘Megadroughts’ On Their Way.” “Global Warming Upped Heat Driving California’s Drought.”

Froma Harrop: On Internet, nobody knows you’re a fraud

There’s been some tense back-and-forth over the Canadian mother who said she had stopped opposing vaccinations after all seven of her kids came down with whooping cough.

Thomas Sowell: European anti-trust regulators confusing

We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge.

Clarence Page: Shooting some cop videos? Be nice

What if you happened to record video on your smartphone of a police officer as he shot an unarmed suspect in the back? What would you do with it?

Kathleen Parker: Some fear to speak the truth

WASHINGTON — True words are often said in jest, it has long been said. But a harsher idiom has been taking shape in recent years: Jest is becoming the only way to express truth.

Jamie Wilson: DISD survey to help determine priorities

The Denton school district has a long history of excellence within our community.

Chris Brumfield: Innocent joke teaches some tough lessons

Those few little words made me the most hated man in the juvenile diabetic world. My wife called me up crying and telling me that my comment on her post had been screenshot and placed on multiple diabetes groups with my name attached.

Walter E. Williams: Liberty should be for all mankind

What’s the true test of one’s commitment to free speech? It does not come when he permits people to be free to say or publish ideas with which he agrees.

Kathleen Parker: Mr. Hughes goes to Washington

WASHINGTON — When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn’t worried about being shot down, he says.

Leonard Pitts: Is Scott another ‘isolated incident’?

“... You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but do not see, who have ears, but do not hear.” — Jeremiah 5:21

Myra Crownover: Vote for HB 40 in best interests of community

One of the first things I was told upon my arrival in Austin 15 years ago was, “You can always defend a no vote.” A no vote can be easily explained away — “I support the cause, but I didn’t like the method,” or “I think the method was good, but I just can’t support the cause.”

Thomas Sowell: Primaries somewhat crazy early in process

Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy.

Scott K. Parks: Let me say this about that

“Are you an idiot?” the caller asked me.“No, sir. I don’t think so,” I said, “although my mother has admitted she dropped me on my head when I was a baby.”

Walter E. Williams: Reality could be optional in the U.S.

One of the wonders of modern times is that reality is often seen as a social construct and therefore optional.

Scott K. Parks: Let me say this about that

I took my mother grocery shopping Sunday and she bought a half-gallon of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla ice cream. This was before Monday’s announcement that the company has recalled all of its products.

Steve Chapman: Feds still obstinate about pot

One model of political statesmanship is figuring out where you want the country to go and persuading the people to follow in that direction. Another is figuring out where the people are going and hustling to get in front of the parade.