Grad stats don’t tell whole story

We’ll take good news where we can get it, and a record high in the rate of U.S. students who are earning a high school diploma certainly qualifies.

Chuck Berry keeps on rolling

John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock ’n’ roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.”

Trump continues to disregard tradition

As we all know by now, Donald Trump is quite a piece of work. He has enraged Democrats and others by saying he will wait until Election Day before he decides whether to respect the will of the voters.

Texarkanas work together

For years, most of us here in the Twin Cities have seen Texarkana as one big place to call home.

Give police tool to save lives

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization, estimates that a driver using a cellphone causes one of every four car crashes in the United States.

Close Texas race bad for Trump

Recent public opinion polls indicate that Donald Trump’s lead in “red states” throughout the South and West is steadily shrinking. And that includes Texas.

Football group makes game safer

We congratulate Pop Warner youth football for eliminating kickoffs from full-pads tackle games involving players up to 10 years old.

Arlington deserves better stadium deal

When you swing for the fences, there’s always the risk of striking out. If taxpayer money is on the line, it falls to elected leaders to improve the odds. That’s our biggest problem with the proposal for a new ballpark in Arlington: It doesn’t go far enough to ensure the promised results.

Straus’ example a fine one to follow

We read something that stopped us in our tracks. It was one of those stories that flared up last week about Donald Trump’s assault on women. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated that he no longer backed Trump for president and would focus on keeping Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Magical thinking dooms toll road

The irony of Texas Highway 130 is impossible to ignore. In a fast-growing region in the heart of a fast-growing state that is desperate for more roads, the developers of the southern section of Texas 130 managed to build a toll road that few use. That is some engineering feat.

Government ethics about tracking money

It often appears that Denton taxpayers are financing a kindergarten class fighting over their toys at City Hall.

Universities ranked on sexual health criteria

We are always skeptical about stories that purport to rank people, places or things of interest. You’ve seen many of these over the years: best small towns or best places to raise children, eat hamburgers or start a small business.

Bushes to rest in fine company

George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush went shopping for burial spots and wound up choosing the Texas State Cemetery in Austin for their final resting places. They had a lot of options.

Don’t let mud-slinging keep you from voting

CBS commentator Bob Schieffer, currently the reigning grand old man of broadcast journalism, called Sunday night’s presidential debate “disgraceful” and offered the opinion that “America can do better.”

Release data on maternal mortalities

It was alarming enough to learn that the rate of Texas women dying of pregnancy-related causes nearly doubled in the last four years.

More schools should use helmet sensors

We honor Liberty Christian School in Argyle for taking a concrete step to protect its football players from brain trauma.

Veterans Crisis Line must be answered

The Department of Veterans Affairs has called it a public health crisis — an estimated 20 veterans commit suicide every day. So it is no trivial matter that a suicide hotline run by the VA is failing to answer the phone.

Creepy clown fad to fade like others

What’s the deal with creepy clowns scaring people in public? Why couldn’t it be nice, attractive naked people popping out from behind bushes, shouting “Have a nice Day,” while handing out hundred dollar bills?

Time to stop improper relationships at school

Here’s a trivia question for you. Who is Mary Kay Letourneau? Letourneau is the Washington state teacher who precipitated the modern era of teachers having sex with students. She was 34 when she had sex with Vili Fualaau, a 12-year-old student, in 1996.

Protect yourself with annual physical

Between 2010 and 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects the number of new cancer cases in the United States to go up about 24 percent in men to more than 1 million cases per year, and by about 21 percent in women to more than 900,000 cases per year.

Shop local to help keep Denton flourishing

Change is a constant. Change is essential to progress. But it can be wrenching and disrupt the status quo. The digital revolution continues to change the way we communicate and the way we shop for products. The revolution comes at us from all directions and with great speed. It produces winners and losers.

Child-police interaction training good idea

Clarion calls for more dialogue about police-involved shootings in minority communities is a start. But we need more than talk.

Openly discuss domestic abuse

It’s a subject that’s difficult to discuss, one that some find embarrassing or shameful and would prefer to keep “behind closed doors.” But domestic abuse is not just a private problem. Destructive relationships affect the fabric of our community.

Push for openness in government

Local, state and federal governments are becoming more and more secretive. Too many meetings are held behind closed doors, often referred to as “executive sessions.” And too many public officials are searching for excuses to keep public records hidden from the very public they purport to serve.

National museum offers optimism

If ever there was a time to understand and embrace the rich history of African-Americans and their contributions to our culture, this is it.

Don’t miss State Fair of Texas

Well, because the 2016 edition of the greatest state fair in the United States begins Friday and runs through Oct. 23. We happily recommend you hop into the family jalopy and make your way to Fair Park for the festivities.

Ethics reform targets unspoken problem

Denton City Council member Kathleen Wazny is calling for ethics reform at City Hall. It looks as if a council-appointed committee will be reviewing how to amend the city charter to expand regulations on City Council members, city employees and city board and commission appointees.

Serious issues loom for lawmakers

Texas lawmakers will gather in Austin next January for the 85th session of the Legislature. The roster includes 150 members of the House of Representatives and 31 state senators. Together, they will craft a state budget for 2018-19 and pass new laws that will impact virtually every facet of life in the Lone Star State.

We must fix special education services

Texas school districts began ringing alarm bells 20 years ago about the escalating costs of educating children with physical and mental disabilities. Much of the discussion revolved around an increase in children diagnosed as autistic.

Time ripe to get annual flu shot

It’s still patio weather in Texas, with sweaters remaining stored away while swimsuits hang on the backyard line. Flu season seems as distant as the next blue norther.

Trump-Clinton debate a must-see

Program targets teachers’ stress

Chances are good that we’ve all heard a teacher burnout story or two. Well-intentioned educators start out in the profession energized and dedicated to helping their students succeed. But all too soon, the enormous stress of addressing the complex needs of those young people — particularly in an urban environment — takes its toll.

We must discuss race relations

We really aren’t interested in Colin Kaepernick and his protests prior to San Francisco 49er football games. We’ve already said in this space that we don’t think his tactics are productive, but we defend his right to express himself as a matter of free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Take your time with relationships

The tragic story of Jacqueline Vandagriff’s grisly murder is a parent’s worst nightmare. Court records tell us that she met Charles Dean Bryant at a Fry Street bar the night before her dead and dismembered body was found dumped in a park next to Grapevine Lake.

Bush family could influence election

The Bush family has been instrumental in Texas and national politics for more than 50 years. Look up the words “Republican Party” in the dictionary and you will find a Bush family photo. They’ve always been Republicans.

We must battle opiate abuse

Movies and literature need to change their stereotypical depictions of drug addicts as seedy gutter rats in tattered clothes. Today’s addict more likely is a working woman struggling to ease her chronic back pain or a college football player who started numbing his aches and pains with prescription painkillers and then progressed to heroin.

Admiral on point with anthem perspective

“It marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. It rocketed into space on the shoulder patches of women, gays, Hispanic, Asian and African American astronauts.” What is “it”?

All students deserve a quality education

Pain is often permanently etched on the faces of parents with physically or mentally disabled children. Their children suffer from impairments ranging from autism to muscular dystrophy to Down syndrome. Mom and dad worry constantly about how their child will ever fit into a world suspicious of such “differences.”

Diversion of troopers shortchanging safety

Remember those campaign commercials that blanketed television airwaves a couple of years ago showing fear-mongering politicians scowling across the Rio Grande, trying to look tough as they vowed to “secure the border”?

Public has a right to candidates' records

The nation is about to elect one of its oldest presidents. On inauguration day, Donald Trump would be 70, the oldest president ever elected. Hillary Clinton would be 69, the second-oldest president, right behind Ronald Reagan.

Textbook full of racist notes should be nixed

There’s a general agreement among demographers who are familiar with Texas that the makeup of the people of the Rio Grande Valley represents the future of this country.

TV show keeps Perry on map, career alive

If things had gone differently, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry might have been elected president of the United States in 2012 or 2016. But he could not make it out of the Republican primaries.

Technology is nice, but at what cost

Computers and cellphones are wonderful things, but worshiping at the altar of technology can be a dicey business. The scourge of distracted driving is proof enough.

Mental health reform sees progress

Texas is taking mental health care seriously. Last month, Kevin Banks took a seat in front of the Texas House of Representatives Select Committee on Mental Health.

Could 9/11 attack have been prevented?

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died. A startling Frontline documentary on PBS makes the case that American investigators might have prevented 9/11 if not for bureaucratic infighting at the highest levels of the FBI.

Take hard look at private prisons

The U.S. Justice Department’s decision to phase out its private prisons has prompted the Department of Homeland Security to review its own use of such facilities. This is a welcome move as immigration detention centers have come under some of the same criticism as other private prisons.

Sad state of affairs at our City Hall

What happened to Aimee Bissett? Bissett, the city of Denton’s director of development services, played a large role in a variety of projects designed to bring new industries to Denton. An example would be her negotiations leading to the deal that offered Buc-ee’s tax breaks in return for bringing a store to Denton.

Renewable energy future of Texas

An oil field named Spindletop provided the first Texas gusher in 1901. Located near Beaumont, the black gold shot hundreds of feet into the air, soaking the operators who would become instant millionaires.

Debates may help voters decide

A lot of voters still have not made up their minds about whether to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president. The indecisiveness stems from the fact that many general election voters just don’t like either of the candidates. Those uncommitted voters think Clinton is untrustworthy and Trump is an unprincipled opportunist who’s willing to say or do anything to get elected. So, what are we to do?

Texas CPS needs real reform

Sometimes a shakeup at the top signals a critical message: It’s a new era. Things are changing. We mean business. That was almost certainly the intent recently in the news that half of the regional directors for Texas Child Protective Services offices will be replaced.