At least one business owner said he is concerned about how he and his employees will be affected by the Interstate 35E expansion.
It can happen in an instant. A mere chance of thunderstorms roils into North Texas, spawning multiple tornadoes, killing at least six people and injuring more than a hundred. An EF-4 tornado, based on the Enhanced Fujita scale of ranking tornadoes, tore apart businesses and homes in several communities, especially Granbury.
We’d like to congratulate all those who sought office in Saturday’s city and school elections around the county. Yes, it may be more customary to congratulate only the candidates who got the most votes — after all, they took the top spots in their respective races by out-polling the opposition.
Student loan interest rates are going to double in July. And, no, that’s not nearly as terrible as it sounds. Last year, President Obama promised to prevent such a scary-sounding outcome to whip up enthusiasm for his re-election campaign. In fact, only some rates were set to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, and that would have been only on new loans, not existing ones.
It is a sad fact of modern life that few of us know our neighbors anymore. We’ve all heard the recommendations about neighborhood security — become familiar with the people who live next door and down the street so you can quickly determine if a stranger is cruising the area — but how many of us actually follow that advice?
We know you’ve been busy. Spring (yes, it is spring, although last week’s temperatures may have tempted some to double-check their calendars) is a season that is literally blooming with activities. Garden centers are typically crowded as homeowners prepare to plant and cultivate, and area parks and recreation facilities are popular destinations.
Last month, the chairwoman of a city planning committee told Pilot Point City Council members that residents are an untapped resource that the city should use to achieve its goals, and on Thursday, a new focal point for volunteer energy officially became part of the city’s downtown.
It may be one of the best deals in North Texas. With more than 200,000 people expected to visit Denton’s Quakertown Park for the annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival April 26-28, the Denton Festival Foundation Inc. is in the market for additional volunteers to help with the three-day event.
On the Texas-Mexico border, the rust-colored wall along the Rio Grande, an 18-foot-high barrier of concrete-reinforced steel with gaps every quarter mile or so, undulates over farmland, wetland and desert at a cost of $20 million per mile. Since the river meanders, the wall encroaches on private property, cuts through the UT-Brownsville campus, isolates an American nature preserve, disturbs animal life and disrupts lives and commerce on both sides of the border.
Most of us can recall a favorite teacher or two, gifted individuals who profoundly affected our lives. These were the men and women who loved and lived their calling. They encouraged us to participate, challenged us to do more than we thought we could and dared us to make a difference in the world.
Maybe we’re eternal optimists, but we keep thinking that the day will come when all qualified voters turn out to vote in a local election. Sure, we know that this is probably impossible, but we like to consider the possibility. It’s a little sad to think that people are more interested in what their friends are posting on social media sites than they are in who is going to represent them on city council and school board.
The U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t have time for speciousness and frivolity. We wish we could say the same for public officials from 15 Texas cities, including Rockport. They spent nearly nine years trying to undermine the Texas Open Meetings Act until the court put an abrupt stop to it recently by declining to review their case.
Time will tell if Denton County Sheriff William Travis can continue to impress, but we like the way he’s starting out. On Tuesday, Travis presented his version of the “state of the union address” to Denton County commissioners, explaining that he wanted to provide the commissioners and county taxpayers with an update of his department’s progress.
It’s that time of year again when we take our boats from dry dock and prep them for the boating season. Known by some longtime residents as the land of lakes, the North Texas region has numerous reservoirs that also serve as boating havens for those who enjoy fishing, water skiing, tubing and just a few hours lolling along the gentle waves in the middle of a lake.
Another example of how passing a law can trigger another one — the law of unintended consequences — came into focus recently when Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo testified at a House committee hearing on a bill passed last session restricting driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.