Public comment key for Greenbelt Plan

Most of us may not spend much time thinking about how we can help protect the quality of our drinking water, but we should.

Boy Scout policy changes with times

A museum next door to the Boy Scouts of America national headquarters in Irving houses millions of dollars worth of Norman Rockwell paintings. They pay homage to apple-cheeked boys in Scout uniforms honoring God and country, doing good deeds or engaging in outdoor activities.

Big names, no big deal at UT

A relative handful of big-name, wealthy, influential and/or politically connected Texans wrote letters on behalf of a similarly relative handful of below-average students seeking admission into the University of Texas at Austin.

Prevalence of cameras ushering in a new reality

“You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.” — George Orwell, 1984

Craft breweries could be good for Square

We see no reason why the Denton City Council shouldn’t be able to invite craft breweries to come downtown, as long as potential tenants meet all requirements set for that business category.

DATCU raises bar for Eureka 2

We like DATCU’s style.

City should revisit personal approach

We believe city government and school officials should get out in the community and visit with people when they want to establish their priorities.

Memorial should serve useful purpose

We believe that Denton’s Confederate soldier memorial should be altered to help it serve a more useful purpose.

Defacing public property a crime

Let’s talk about graffiti — what it is and what it is not. But first, here’s what happened: Someone took red paint and scrawled the words “This is racist” on the Confederate War memorial statue that stands on the Square. The deed apparently was done in the dead of night, sometime before sunrise on Monday.

Take next logical step for Alamo

Now that a World Heritage Site designation has been won, the number of people visiting our missions almost certainly will soar. When it comes to Alamo Plaza, which adjoins one of those missions, the city of San Antonio should make sure these visitors really have something to see.

Sidewalks no longer optional

If promises were pavement, there would be plenty of sidewalks all along a dangerous stretch of McKinney Street near Ryan High School.

Jade Helm fears all for nothing

We were happy to learn that the main reason people in Bastrop were upset about Jade Helm 15 last week was because many of them feel they’ve been unfairly linked to fringe groups.

Fix felines to control population

The news that Denton’s animal shelter had euthanized 97 cats and kittens recently after one stray cat came in with a highly contagious respiratory virus upset plenty of people.

Shelters, benches needed at bus stops

Denton needs to speed up the process for putting new benches or shelters at bus stops.

‘Best’ lists don’t cover all bases

We always get a kick out of reading those “best” lists that compare the benefits of living in various cities that everyone seems to talk so much about.

Take advantage of energy audits

More local residents need to take advantage of Denton Municipal Electric’s energy audit program.

New watermaster gets to work

If a happy debut ever existed, Molly Mohler’s first months as the ever watermaster of the Brazos River from Possum Kingdom Lake on south is it. Whether the credit goes to God or the trade winds, the sort of blessed rain we’ve seen can’t last forever.

Therapy dogs can be strong medicine

We are lucky to live in age of high-tech medical achievement, but sometimes what hospital patients apparently need most is a little old-fashioned affection provided by a four-legged friend.

Lake Dallas must restore stability

The city of Lake Dallas must return stability and consistency to its city government. The current chaos cannot continue.

Provide timetable for jail project

Taxpayers deserve honest answers about problems with Denton County’s jail expansion.

Deadline to seek FEMA aid nears

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened temporary offices in Denton County to register victims of flooding and severe weather, but residents who want to take advantage of the opportunity need to hurry.

Gardening camp offers valuable lessons

Programs such as the Lil’ D Summer Gardening Camp offered by Explorium Denton have potential to plant productive seeds in young minds and should be nurtured.

Intersection needs attention now

The city of Denton needs to take action now to secure necessary funding to solve the traffic mess at Interstate 35E and Loop 288.

Help immigrants to do right thing

A new partnership agreement between the city of Boston and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services establishes an important framework for making immigrants aware of their rights and responsibilities, especially if they aspire to become citizens one day.

Officials should keep beliefs out of politics

We are trying to understand the obstructionist philosophy that some Republican strategists have adopted to thwart gay marriage. We understand the position of socially conservative business owners who’ve argued that covering contraceptive products under medical insurance for their employees violates their religious beliefs.

Think about your freedom today

Today we pay tribute to a momentous achievement, an accomplishment like no other — still celebrated more than 235 years after it was officially announced to the world.

Bring gun signs up to date

We advise Denton County business owners to make sure they understand their rights regarding Texas’ new open carry law and how to properly post signs requesting that patrons leave their weapons behind.

Seek advice before tying the knot

While some continue to lament the Supreme Court decision that led to two history-making events in Denton County on Monday — issuance of the first same-sex marriage license and the first same-sex wedding performed by a county elected official — others see the promise of blossoming economic benefits.

TWU center should pay big dividends

The addition of a Center for Women in Business at Texas Woman’s University should be a boon not only for the local campus but for all of North Texas.

Help Our Daily Bread change lives

More people should adopt the philosophy that has made Our Daily Bread a beacon of hope in Denton. The nonprofit organization celebrated a milestone last week by serving its 600,000th free meal, but the soup kitchen is not just about filling hungry bellies.

Law of the land abides

The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. The equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states to legally sanction gay marriage.

Texas grand jury reform welcome

In a state as large as Texas — with 254 counties and hundreds of elected district attorneys and judges — there are no guarantees of uniform justice for the defendants who going through the criminal justice system.

All monuments, symbols not equal

The horrific Charleston church shooting has put a host of Confederate symbols into society’s crosshairs. South Carolina is taking steps toward removing the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds in Columbia. Students and progressive forces in Austin are protesting the Jefferson Davis statue on the University of Texas campus.

Texas goes beyond Old West norm

Here’s something to think about: The Texas Legislature has passed new gun laws that many communities would have considered irresponsible back in the Old West of the 1880s.

New truancy law a better approach

With Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature on House Bill 2398 recently, Texas can finally say goodbye to its failed experiment with criminal prosecution of truants.

Be a role model on racial matters

It’s easy to become despondent about race relations in America. We pass laws to outlaw overt and visible racial discrimination. But the Dylann Storm Roofs still walk among us with hearts and souls poisoned by anger, ignorance and hatred.

Ag commissioner’s idea is half-fried

Now that new Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has struck a blow for freedom with deep fryers and soft drinks, we can’t help but wonder what is next on his agenda.

Fertilizer bill should be stronger

A new law makes ammonium nitrate explosions less likely, but legislation should have been stronger.

Put a personal spin on your Father's Day gift

Today is Father’s Day, and we’ve seen plenty of suggestions for gift ideas.

Lake Dallas goings-on need impartial review

The city of Lake Dallas has erupted into political chaos.

Extend hand to people around us

Why does it seem as if the public’s first reaction to tragedy is typically suspicion of authority?

‘Strategic repeal’ reasonable choice

We believe the Denton City Council took the most reasonable route available by voting to repeal the city’s ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Task force holds promise for homeless

Homelessness is an uncomfortable subject to talk about, maybe because so many people are just one crisis away from losing their current lifestyle.

CNN owes police a proper apology

CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield has caught a lot of flak for commenting that Saturday’s attack on Dallas police headquarters was “courageous and brave,” and we believe she deserves every bit of it.

University fund a good trade

Texas has replaced the controversial Emerging Technology Fund with a new university fund that will help recruit nationally recognized researchers to Texas universities.

Discoveries help to enrich history

We’d like to see Denton County history books expanded to include the contributions of all its pioneers, and a current effort to find out more about early Hispanic settlers is a good way to start.

Boaters should play it safe

We realize boat owners are anxious to get back on area lakes, but this might be a good weekend to catch up on maintenance rather than waste time trying to find an open boat ramp.

Work together to counter crime

We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Denton resident Samira Siwakoti, who was killed Wednesday morning as she worked behind the counter of a convenience store in The Colony.

City staff’s ideas hold promise

Sounds to us like Denton city staff members have a winning idea about borrowing ideas from the business sector to improve efficiency at City Hall, and we hope the City Council agrees.

Follow Golden Rule to avoid incidents

Social media continues to fuel the raging fire sparked by a McKinney police officer’s actions as he responded to a pool party that grew too big, too fast.