We don’t spend enough time counting our blessings. If you disagree, then name a country where people have more freedom than we enjoy here in the United States of America.
Remember when your parents cautioned you to always look both ways before crossing the street? With the holidays at hand and more people crowding city sidewalks and ducking in and out of stores and restaurants, it might be a good time to remember that old adage.
The faces of the little ones tell a story that is all too familiar in Denton County. A photograph released by Denton’s Interfaith Ministries shows children protected from the cold by new coats they received during the agency’s annual Coats for Kids project on Nov. 15, and their happy smiles reflect a joy typically reserved for gifts of toys or candy.
Texas environmental regulators have an opportunity to show leadership on controlling methane emissions from natural gas production. If they don’t step up, they’ll have no one else to blame when the federal government steps in with a one-size-fits-all policy.
When Pope Francis said last week that evolution and the Big Bang theory did not conflict with Catholic teaching, it really wasn’t news. This pope just has a talent for framing long-held beliefs in a fresh way, as he has done before in taking up the cause of the poor. Instead, this news was more a timely reminder.
Parental concern about security at schools that serve as polling places is an indication of how our society has changed, and not for the better. Schools have traditionally been centers for community activity, including voting. When a centrally located polling place is needed for an election, the neighborhood school is often the best choice.
The clearest lesson of history, it has been said, is that people never learn the lessons of history. As if to prove that aphorism, federal regulators are relaxing rules governing the mortgage-backed securities business — less than a decade after an epic financial crisis, rooted partly in government indulgence of excessive risk-taking in the mortgage-backed securities business.
The scariest thing about Halloween is the risk involved in observing many of its customs — costumes that can inhibit movement and vision, candlelit decorations that pose a fire risk, trick-or-treating excursions that send small ghosts and goblins roaming sidewalks and crossing city streets — and we urge all Denton County residents to be on high alert this week.
We believe the city of Denton is too selective in its code enforcement actions, and we’ve said so before. The latest example of the city’s heavy-handed tactics was citing longtime local business owner Andre “Frenchy” Rheault on Thursday for flying too many American flags. Yes, you read that correctly — American flags.
We urge Denton voters to join us in supporting the Nov. 4 ballot proposition on liquor sales that would bring Denton into modern times. It would do two things: Bars and restaurants could stop the private-club charade that allows them to sell mixed drinks and, secondly, liquor stores could come into Denton and become part of the local economy.
President Jimmy Carter signed the Wright amendment into law, George W. Bush signed the pact to end it, and Barack Obama is president on the day it finally ends. In fact, a person born the year Love Field flight restrictions went into place is now nearly old enough to run for president.
Dishes rattle; walls crack. In earthquake-prone Japan people know what is happening. In Texas, these tremors are something new, and people are trying to understand their relationship to hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking.” Fracking requires vast quantities of wastewater to be injected underground.
Here’s news to warm Scrooge’s heart. Americans who have the most are giving more — to themselves. Even as the income inequality gap yawns wider, the wealthiest Americans have reduced the percentage of income they give to charity while the poor and middle class are giving more.