Nothing is as beautiful as a dozen hot air balloons floating through a blue Texas sky. Unfortunately, danger lurks behind the beauty.
When Bishop Kevin Farrell arrived in Dallas nearly a decade ago to begin restoring the trust that had broken down in the Catholic Diocese here, he brought with him a personal humility, an international perspective and a style of leadership that focused on service.
Much of the beauty and interest in the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana stems from the creatures living there. The 2,600 acres of wetlands features dozens of animal species, from deer to water fowl, turkeys, beavers, catfish and bass, herons and egrets.
Summer temperatures are falling right now. We have a lot to look forward to in Denton — opening of schools and universities for the 2016-17 academic year, Friday night high school football and the newest edition of the Mean Green playing on Saturdays.
One of our jobs is to keep a watchful eye on federal, state and local government officials and what they do while working for us taxpayers. We are talking about elected officials, appointed officials and run-of-the-mill government employees.
Lies about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump regularly land in our inbox. Sophisticated internet trolls — Democrats and Republicans — sit at keyboards and literally make stuff up about the candidates. Truth does not matter. The troll goal is to destroy the opponent.
Recent reports from the Center for American Progress and the Public Citizen and the Treatment Advocacy Center have confirmed what many people already understood: We rely too heavily on our criminal justice system to deal with the public health problem of mental illness, and our criminal justice system isn’t adequately prepared to handle this responsibility.
Handicapping the presidential contest is folly. Public opinion polls are all over the place. We haven’t seen Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate. And who knows what serious mistakes they might make or what bad stuff might be revealed about them before Election Day.
This country’s federal government requires anyone seeking legal, permanent residence here to be vaccinated against 14 diseases, including measles, polio and seasonal flu. Because immunizations protect public health, the mandate for newcomers makes sense.
The Denton school board does a good job of setting policy and overseeing our high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. Superintendent Jamie Wilson and his staff deserve a lot of credit for their professional management of our rapidly growing school district.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has fired another shot in the never-ending culture war surrounding abortion. This time, the governor has asked the state health department to come up with new rules requiring abortion providers to dispose of fetal remains through cremation or burial.
The state of Texas has an overriding obligation, whether in education or health care, to ensure our children can one day become independent and productive members of society, even if poor and disabled. Some state officials have apparently lost sight of this priority.
Next Monday, Aug. 1, marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Texas massacre carried out by former U.S. Marine Charles Whitman. He climbed into the iconic clock tower on the Austin campus and methodically shot and killed 16 people and wounded more than 30 others.
The news about Texas’ growth and prosperity just doesn’t make sense. It was the third fastest-growing economy among the states last year. And Secretary of State Carlos Cascos has reported gleefully that business startups for the first half of this year are up by 10 percent. The state also had the fifth-fastest population growth last year.
The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia on Monday. Hillary Clinton and her political team will be focused on presenting a sober and serious face to the American public — a strategy that she believes will be an effective response to the unpredictable Trump and his unorthodox campaign.
We were listening to political discussions in a local coffee shop this week. The comments were mostly depressing. The choice between Trump and Clinton is roiling the nation. It’s easy to dislike them both and hard to enthusiastically support either one.