Extradition effort must keep going

Revisit campaign finance issues

Something remarkable happened Tuesday night after the New Hampshire primary. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won the state’s Democratic primary, gave a victory speech enumerating some of the things he wants to do if elected president.

Slow process for auction of leases

The Bureau of Land Management, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has scheduled an auction of 10-year mineral rights leases on 259 acres of land in Hickory Creek, which sits on a northwest section of Lewisville Lake.

Clubs should put finances in order

A cautionary tale is unfolding in the Ponder school district. Administrators and parents at every Denton County high school should take note and make sure their respective financial houses are in order.

Make campaign ads more transparent

Television watchers need to brace themselves for the worst this election season.

State DNA review serves justice

Imagine if hundreds of thousands of criminal cases across America suddenly had to be reconsidered because they were predicated in part on faulty analysis of DNA.

Fertilizer plant explosion risk real

You would think that after a massive fertilizer plant explosion leveled the city of West in 2013, Texas would take extraordinary steps to protect residents from another disaster.

Speak out for women's rights

What are we to make of Daryush Valizadeh, the Return of Kings blogger who works overtime to demean women. He represents a special brand of snake oil salesman. We can only hope that his views do not represent what’s in the hearts of many men.

Tier One status a boon for UNT

University of North Texas has achieved something remarkable. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has elevated UNT to its Tier One, its highest level of achievement for colleges and universities.

Zika virus found in North Texas

The Zika virus has made its debut in North Texas.

Inclusion better than division

Why do some people want to purposely antagonize and upset others? The people who flew the Confederate battle flags from the back of pickups at Lake Dallas High School last week were hell-bent on offending the small minority of black students who attend classes there. But why?

Let faithful see pope from highway

Mayor Oscar Leeser perfectly summed up what Pope Francis’ visit to Juarez, Mexico, on Feb. 17 means to El Paso recently by saying its the “biggest thing” to ever happen in our community.

Iowa could point the way

The Republican and Democratic parties will hold their Iowa caucuses on Monday.

UT leader seeks 'right' students

The chancellor of the University of Texas System has told lawmakers that it would be easier for the system’s flagship Austin campus to improve its national rankings if it didn’t have to admit so many students from Texas high schools.

'Campus carry' poor public policy

We’ve come to the conclusion that the Texas Legislature’s new “campus carry” law is bad public policy.

Recall petitions serve no good

Denton City Council members Joey Hawkins and Kevin Roden may not be perfect public servants, but they should not be subjected to recall elections just because they failed to answer a constituent’s email or because a few people disagree with a vote they cast.

Vaccination law needs fix

A Plano elementary school student who never got vaccinated for childhood illnesses recently contracted measles during a trip abroad. Measles is highly contagious and potentially fatal. Other students and teachers are waiting to see if anyone else contracts the virus.

Festival offers variety

We suspect most of our readers do not make it the Cannes Film Festival in Europe or the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. For the film buffs and culture mavens among you, we have an alternative event coming up this weekend in Denton.

Homeless require help

Homelessness found its way onto our front page again last weekend. We don’t like to think of Denton as a place where homeless people are allowed to set up tent cities on vacant property and live in filth.

Vaccines proven to save lives

The debate about vaccinations has gone from silly to outright scary in recent years as more and more parents, citing fuzzy information and myths, choose to not vaccinate their children.

Time to improve U.S. 380 section

Suburban sprawl is a well-known phenomenon in North Texas. Real estate developers and investors buy up cheap land north of Dallas. Then, they turn cow pastures into new neighborhoods.

Get to the bottom of North Texas quakes

You’d think scientists would be able to figure out for sure whether the rash of North Texas earthquakes in recent years has a definite link to oil and gas drilling activity, including waste injection wells.

No evidence of water problem

The city of Denton has found no evidence that harmful levels of lead or copper are contaminating our drinking water.

League lives to help

Fair, rodeo a winner

Group aids libraries

You can learn a lot about a community by looking at its public library and the degree to which the community supports it.

UNT should release deadly force policy

We take exception to efforts by the University of North Texas to keep secret its police department policy on use of deadly force.

‘Cite and release’ not good idea

We are now almost 50 years into the so-called War on Drugs that took flight back in the late 1960s when Richard Nixon was president. Things don’t seem to be going very well.

Loopholes in gun laws dangerous

Of all the places you’d think Texas’ new handgun laws would prohibit firearms, a state psychiatric hospital should top the list.

Distracted-driving issue needs revisit

We see it every day. Drivers distracted by their telephones drifting out of traffic lanes, sitting at green lights looking down at the phone in their lap or going too slow because they aren’t paying attention to the road.

Other voices

Prosecutorial conviction integrity units are making their mark across the country.

Concealed weapons create less anxiety

It looks like the new state law allowing “open carry” of pistols in holsters amounts to a non-event in Denton. The new law requires anyone openly carrying a firearm to have a concealed handgun license. It took effect on Jan. 1.

Abbott should concentrate on job

We give Texas Gov. Greg Abbott high marks for finding ways to motivate his political base. But when does he stop campaigning and focus on governing?

Time to appoint local regents

The brain, heart and soul of the University of North Texas will always be in Denton. Same goes for Texas Woman’s University. They can grow an extra finger or toe and move them to Dallas or Fort Worth or Frisco, but the true university communities — students, faculty and staff — will remain in Denton.

Don’t let fear run rampant

We heard a lot of talk on the street Monday about the violent incidents in Denton that have left a total of four people dead in the last month. Yes, shootings and stabbings are troubling and disturbing. But don’t be scared.

Government shows hypocrisy

The U.S. has been caught spying on foreign heads of state — again. And just as with the tapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone, revealed in 2013 by the Edward Snowden documents, the target was the leader of a supposed ally: in this case, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ignore fake political issues

The 2016 presidential election is tremendously important to the nation. Will we elect a Democrat and continue on the path Barack Obama took when he became president in January 2009? Or will we change horses and elect a Republican who will reverse many of the federal policies developed during the Obama presidency?

Other voices

Maybe Texas jurors are finally taking heed of the constant stream of wrongful convictions. Maybe prosecutors find that seeking life without parole instead of capital punishment is much more palatable in today’s court of public opinion.

UNT, TWU need Denton regents

We’ve awakened from a deep sleep to realize that neither the University of North Texas Board of Regents nor the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents include anyone from Denton.

Limit symbols on patrol vehicles

Why do people keep trying to hang religious symbols on public property financed by taxpayers?

Take initiative to cut gun violence

The National Rifle Association and its political allies have masterfully framed the debate over gun violence in America. Nowadays, anyone who even asks how to reduce gun violence gets accused of violating our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Hillary presidency could sweat Bill

Passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920 gave women the universal right to vote in the United States. Now, less than a century later, Hillary Clinton is poised to become the Democratic nominee for president. If she wins this summer, she stands one election away from becoming the first woman chosen to occupy the White House.

Falcon’s landing a feat for the ages

The Falcon is not the Eagle. But the declaration that “The Falcon has landed” recalls an earlier feat, when this nation first placed a man on the moon.

Holiday spirit should last all year

The new year has begun. The colorful lights soon will be unplugged. The artificial tree will be packed away. The real one hopefully recycled. And the yuletide season will end.

Rare syndrome has consequences

People who read the recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram special report on medical child abuse, a form known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, might be on high alert.

Fight drunken driving

The uneasy thought for the day is just how frequently law-abiding people are on the road among drunken drivers — especially at night.

Steps needed to combat opioid abuse

There is a grim connection between two worsening addictions in the U.S.: to prescription opioid painkillers and to heroin. Both can be partly traced to worthwhile public-health initiatives that deserve to be protected.

Overhaul corporate tax code in U.S.

Your company has earned big dollars overseas and now wants to bring the money back into the United States. However, it might lose up to 40 percent to U.S. taxes. So the money stays overseas in tax shelters, and the U.S. economy loses out on investment opportunities.

Barf bags not included

We don’t often regret publishing accurate information, but we would like to apologize for including some pretty gory details in a Dec. 22 story headlined “Police: Woman claiming to be witch wanted to eat cat.”

Dam takes perspective

The specter of a dam failure has created rare bi-partisanship among members of Congress representing Dallas and Denton counties.