Speak for the trees

We think it’s a positive sign that Denton City Council members want to see an emphasis on planting trees, but we can’t help wondering why they waited so long.

A day for generosity

Don’t forget to go online Thursday to support your favorite Denton County nonprofit agencies on North Texas Giving Day.

Ring bells for our Constitution

We believe Sept. 17 should be circled on every American’s calendar. This critical date marks an important chapter in United States history, but far too many people are unaware of its significance.

Meatless Mondays about education

Beware the bean burrito. More than legume-filled deliciousness, it could represent the work of an “activist movement” that seeks to starve your children of meat and turn them into — vegetarians.

Collaboration creates top attraction in area

Sounds like everyone involved in North Texas Horse Country Tours is riding for the Denton County brand.

Get involved in Denton’s future

Planners have asked Denton residents to preview a new draft vision statement for the city’s future, and we urge them to accept the invitation.

Mentor Denton seeks volunteers

We have a suggestion for anyone who would like to help strengthen the community — consider becoming a volunteer with Mentor Denton.

Remain vigilant against terrorism

Today we pause to remember and pay tribute as ceremonies around the area and throughout the world mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Pre-K program a boon for kids

We believe that area parents and school officials searching for effective early childhood education ideas could learn a lot from studying a partnership between the Denton school district and Fred Moore Day Nursery School.

Voter registration drives bear fruit

Kudos to those who have been working on area voter registration drives. Your efforts are bearing positive results.

Restore funds for state watchdog

Once a target, always a target. And the Texas Public Integrity Unit is one heck of a bull’s-eye.

Deputy serves as shining example

Whoever came up with the motto “to serve and protect” could have had Denton County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Godi in mind, and we want him to know that we are grateful for his service and sacrifice.

Game day plan offers adventure

University of North Texas plays its home-opener today against Southern Methodist University. We encourage football fans who go to the game at Apogee Stadium to make it a “Mean Green Game Day.”

Take precations to avoid virus

We urge Denton County residents not to let their guard down against mosquitoes. The pesky biters are a pain, literally, under the best of circumstances. Even worse, they can carry West Nile virus.

Develop fair preservation rules

We believe it’s time for Denton City Council members to implement policies for developing historic properties that give fair consideration to the rights and needs of property owners, buyers and sellers.

Real-world project a boon to all

The University of North Texas department of economics is using statistics to help feed the hungry more efficiently.

Texans receive special gift

Here’s a rare example of something positive emerging from a tragic event: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced recently that it had been given the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch on the Texas coast. The Powderhorn is described as pristine and ecologically diverse, and the donation eventually means a large, new state park for a state with precious little public land.

Holiday honors working people

Trade unions held the first Labor Day celebration in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882.New York City!Oh, well. We like the holiday, anyway.

Maintain funding for area libraries

We realize that some people believe libraries are no longer relevant as a result of new technology, but we believe they’re wrong.

Be careful over holiday weekend

The Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel and outdoor activity times of the year, and we encourage you to use caution if you’re off work Monday and planning one last summer outing before school gets underway in earnest.

Friday night lights come on today

Tonight’s the night. After weeks of preparation, most area high schools will be opening their 2014 football seasons at area stadiums.

‘Bike czar’ hire could be helpful

We believe the plan for Denton to hire a so-called “bike czar” to help implement routes for bicyclists and pedestrians in the city’s mobility plans could be a worthwhile idea, if it’s handled correctly.

First class day elevates emotions

Monday was a day of firsts for many area residents as a new school year began, and we hope that everyone had a successful launch.

Fair deal all around

Our hats are off to all who helped make this year’s North Texas Fair and Rodeo a success. Attendance for the 86th annual fair was more than 162,000, which set an all-time record and beat last year’s turnout of 150,000 by a comfortable margin, according to Glenn Carlton, the event’s executive director.

Economic miracle contains dark side

Every day, Texans celebrate the fruits of light government regulation: Housing is cheaper here, the economy is healthy and jobs are available.

Share the blessing of being American

Today, we once again give thanks that we live in the United States of America.

Ferguson police need diversity

The troubling turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, reminds us of the ever-present role of race in our society.

Drive carefully when school starts

Many of us have been in a back-to-school mode for several days now, checking items off our priority lists as the clock ticks down to the first day of class.We’ve scoured store shelves to find all the supplies...

Consider trains to catch flights

The next time you need to catch a flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, we encourage you to consider starting your journey by rail..

One party control bad for Texas

The dictionary definition of the Latin phrase quid pro quo is simple: One thing in return for another. Gov. Rick Perry issued a threat to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after she was arrested on a DWI charge.

Skin cancer on rise in U.S.

Decades ago, advertisements for suntan lotions used to say their products would help give users “a healthy tan.” Today, the term “healthy tan” sounds like an oxymoron.

America is not broken

Douglas Lee Leguin is a terribly misguided soul. He’s the kind of guy who sits around the coffee shop and fouls the air with uninformed opinions about what’s wrong with America and the world. In other words, he’s a blowhard.

Other voices: Time to pay college athletes?

Walk into any grocery store, and the magazine rack bursting with glossy covers tells time as well as any calendar: College football is just a short pass away.

All that glitters is not gold

Two new reports came are out recently that, taken together, provide a pretty good picture of how the U.S. labor force has fared since the economic recovery began in June 2009.

Waste not, want not

Water and oil still don’t mix — especially in Texas. Hydraulic fracturing has freed volumes of trapped natural gas and fueled an energy revolution. But it’s come at a cost — the high use of water, a precious resource in a perpetually drought-stricken state.

Davis best hope for Democrats

The future of the Democratic Party in Texas — if it has one — rests on Wendy Davis’ shoulders. Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, is the Democratic nominee for governor. She faces Greg Abbott, Texas attorney general and GOP nominee. Election day is not until Nov. 4, but both candidates already have begun airing television commercials in major markets.

Fair, rodeo offer something for all

It’s almost time for the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, and we’re looking forward to this year’s cowboy exploits, top-shelf musical entertainment, exciting carnival games and all the other activities that help make the fair such a crowd-pleasing family event.

Krum, Sanger forums important

The Krum and Sanger school districts have planned public forums this week on upcoming tax ratification elections, and we urge residents of both districts to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn more about the proposals.

Weakening draft bill a mistake

This newspaper has called for common-sense rules since the April 17, 2013, explosion in West — most of them regarding the handling and storage of ammonium nitrate, the hazardous chemical behind the blast.

Love of dance leads to honor

Denton resident Toby Thomason has joined the ranks of an elite group of Texans, and we want to congratulate him on the achievement.

Burgess focused on Denton County

We may not always see eye to eye with U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess, but we respect his dedication to the people who elected him. He’s an old-school guy who’s accessible and willing to sit down, answer questions and share ideas.

Give blood to ease shortage

This has not been a typical Texas summer in many ways — temperatures have been below normal at a time when the mercury typically hovers near the century mark, and we’ve even been blessed with rain on several occasions.

Don’t put off shots for school

It’s time to face the needle. Few things can ruin a child’s perfect summer faster than the thought of having to get school immunizations, but the new school year is upon us. Getting the pesky shots required by the Texas Department of State Health Services is a crucial ingredient for keeping us all healthy.

Sales tax holiday a timely benefit

This weekend’s sales tax holiday should provide a nice economic break for area consumers. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently reminded shoppers that the annual observance — which is set by the state Legislature — will begin Friday and continue through the close of business on Sunday.

Longtime chief leaves legacy

Those who knew Everett Wayne Autrey best will tell you that the words “to protect and serve” were more than just a motto to him.

Camp opens up playing field

Congratulations to those who staged and staffed the recent Camp Abilities in Denton to give youngsters with big challenges an opportunity to flex their minds and bodies.

Website overhaul a boon to all

We like the Denton County government’s updated website, and if you haven’t checked out www.dentoncounty.com lately, you need to take a look.

Help United Way aid people in need

We realize you’re busy — vacation season is winding down and back-to-school shopping is about to begin — but we hope you will find a little extra time to help the United Way of Denton County.Officials...

Carefully monitor new grade system

We tried to recall how many different teaching and discipline methods have been tried in public school classrooms in recent years, but we lost count.

Let alligators live in peace

Ask residents to list the most apparent signs of Denton County’s dynamic growth and some would mention rapidly rising rooftops that accompany residential and commercial development.