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Hugs & Shrugs: Rick Perry, Olive Stephens, Greg Abbott and more

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Denton Record-Chronicle Editorial

SHRUG: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is now Donald Trump's secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. Gov. Rick was always partial to the oil and gas industry, but now he's gone overboard. In an interview with reporters on Thursday, Perry was talking about the importance of fossil fuels as an energy source in developing African nations. And then he linked access to oil and gas to electricity, suggesting that electric lights might reduce incidents of sexual assault. "But also from the standpoint of sexual assault, when the lights are on, you have light that shines righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts," Perry said. Wow!

HUG: Shady Shores, a community of 2,600 folks on the banks of Lake Lewisville, was more than lucky to have Olive Stephens as a resident. She died last week at age 101. Her son, Cecil Carter, described her as "a force of nature." We agree. Stephens served on the Shady Shores Town Council for 10 years and then became mayor for 38 years. "This is a one-horse town, and I am that horse," she said back in 2005. In the mid-1990s, Stephens led an all-female town council — her and four council members. The Record-Chronicle story about Stephens' death included a photo of her filling potholes at age 80. Farewell, Olive. It was great to know you.

SHRUG: Gov. Greg Abbott and his staff deserve a compliment for the easy-to-navigate website that keeps the public up to date on his activities. But we wish to quibble about what's missing from the voluminous list of appointments the governor has made to state boards, commissions and advisory panels. We looked at his dozens and dozens of appointments thus far in 2017 and could not find one person from Denton. There were a couple of people from Highland Village, the lakeside community south of Denton. Maybe we are biased, but it looks like Abbott appoints people from every nook and cranny in Texas — except Denton. Okay, that's our whine for the day.

SHRUG: Donald Trump is president. He can have it both ways. After the Las Vegas massacre, Trump asserted it was too soon to talk about new gun control policies. And the proposed ban on bump stocks evaporated. The very day after an ISIS-inspired immigrant ran over and killed eight innocents in New York City, Trump started talking about the immigration policies that allowed the Uzbecki terrorist to live in the United States. In effect, Trump believes consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.

HUG: Owners of the Fine Arts Theater on the Square have resolved their legal differences. Now, they can put the property up for sale and the city can move forward to the next chapter. We've been waiting for a couple of years to see what happens. We hope whoever buys the property will consider retaining the iconic movie marquee.

HUG: The Children's Advocacy Center of Denton County is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Thanks to the organization's staff and volunteers for all they do to help abused and neglected children. For all the philanthropists out there, this is a good place to send your tax-deductible donations.