Mellow Mushroom earns its honor

It’s not easy to own and operate a business, especially in a market as sophisticated as Denton.Local consumers know what they want, and they have plenty of choices — not only here but just down the road...

Prop up Texas Tomorrow Fund

Even as Texas parents prepare for a new child, many worry about how they will pay for the rising cost of college tuition.

Project bolsters local community

We believe having a house to call their own gives people a stronger sense of pride and can encourage them to take a more active role in their community.

Stand up for what is right

How far are sports fans willing to go to forgive and forget when it comes to allegations of violence against women?

Tourism boosts Denton’s economy

The next time you check out one of the many events that make Denton a popular destination, give some thought to the people behind the scenes who promote the city.

Drive carefully in work zones

Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation probably weren’t thinking of Denton County when they launched a statewide campaign to remind drivers to slow down while traveling through work zones, but their timing is perfect nonetheless.

State must keep living centers open

We urge state legislators from Denton County to stand up for their constituents who can’t speak for themselves and make sure their interests are protected during current hearings to discuss the long-term fate of state-supported living centers.

Renewable energy vital to country

We hope that Texas politicians calling for an end to state support for the renewable power industry will reconsider. One of them, state Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, has filed legislation to end the renewable energy program he championed a decade ago. With the support of the state’s Public Utility Commission, Fraser wants to freeze the state’s Renewable Energy Credit program.

Alamo plans need Daughters’ input

Without the Daughters of the Texas Republic, the Alamo would have been torn down in 1905, and our state’s legendary shrine would have been lost.

Scammers seek victims for tax season

Scammers give us yet another reason to hate tax season.

Nix deserving of Denton honor

Few people have been as actively involved in Denton sports as Cotton Nix, so it’s fitting that the Denton High School baseball field now bears his name.

Gun-related bills miss the target

State legislators who support contentious open-carry legislation that barreled through the Senate this week say they are standing up for our constitutional rights, but we fear that a lot of average Texans may wind up feeling like they’ve been mugged by gun-wielding thugs.

Join neighbors to clean up city

Spring officially arrives on Friday, and we can think of no better way to celebrate this season of renewal than to do a little spring cleaning with Keep Denton Beautiful.

Student’s efforts an example for all

Too many people respond to reports about tragedies involving children by shaking their heads and wishing there was something they could do to help — and then they quickly forget about it and move on to their own priorities.

Open-government bills need sunshine

Transparency in government is something all politicians say they’re for. Some public officials are true open-government warriors, but others are open-government wimps.

Plan could provide good pre-K teachers

The evidence is becoming clearer that quality early-childhood education is one of the best things we can do as a society to improve student performance.

Keep municipal control local

The biblical story of David and Goliath is used to illustrate that little guys — if they are tough and smart — can defeat big guys in battle.

Texas, Mexico must repair relations

Texas’ relationship with Mexico is more challenging now than it has been in years. Anti-immigration rhetoric has grown increasingly coarse, and Texas has National Guard troops along the border. Politically, the relationship often resembles a marriage on the rocks.

Seniors Helping Seniors a win for all

We believe a program that’s helping bridge the gap between generations in Lewisville would be a great addition to other Denton County communities.

State texting while driving ban gains life

Word from Austin is that the House Committee on Transportation has voted favorably on House Bill 80, which is good news for those of us who are tired of risking our lives sharing Texas highways with people who insist on texting while driving.

Be intolerant of hate speech

Disheartening. This word best describes our response to the shocking incident in which members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s chapter at the University of Oklahoma joyously chanted racial epithets on a weekend bus trip.

Put end to daylight saving time

We believe it’s time to put an end to the twice-yearly ritual of adjusting our clocks by an hour. Most of us are still a little groggy from the most recent time change, which officially occurred at 2 a.m. Sunday when daylight saving time went into effect and clocks were supposed to be turned ahead.

Bills undermine local control

Gov. Greg Abbott got the ball rolling, which is funny coming from a guy who, as attorney general, routinely decried the tyranny of federal overreach and national government’s alleged meddling with Texas values.

Act responsibly over spring break

We can readily understand why many folks — especially college students and other young people — believe that spring break is a time to cut loose and have fun.

Carpenter earns chamber honor

The Denton Chamber of Commerce never disappoints when it’s time to bestow the Otis L. Fowler Award, its most prestigious community honor.

Open house offers break for all

There are many good reasons to check out the annual Spring Open House event that begins this evening and runs through Sunday in downtown Denton, but a cure for cabin fever has to rank near the top of the list.

Time for scofflaws to pay fines

It’s time for scofflaws to pay up or go to jail, and we urge area law enforcement agencies to pour it on and apply aggressive pressure.The ninth annual Great Texas Warrant Roundup is set to begin, with...

Learn the true story of Texas

Retired Texas Woman’s University professor Ramiro Valdez provided a valuable Texas history lesson this week.

Dunham leaves legacy of belief

George Dunham is widely known as one of the most loyal and enthusiastic Mean Green supporters of all time, and his decision to retire as the voice of University of North Texas athletics must have been a tough call to make.

State must get priorities straight

First pay the bills. Take care of obligations, minimize debt and get current with maintenance. Every household should operate according to those conservative principles. And so should state government.

Consider voting for Denton’s best

It’s easy to tell when a business is doing something right because people will be talking about it.

Dan's a cornerstone of Denton music

We believe the Greater Denton Arts Council made a great decision when it selected Dan Mojica as recipient of the 2015 Community Arts Recognition Award.

Jurors in Routh trial heroes

The word “hero” has often been used in news coverage and commentary about the Stephenville murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh.

Argyle flimmakers earn top honor

We don’t know if Hollywood has been in touch with them yet, but it’s probably only a matter of time before we see the names of five young filmmakers from Argyle High School flash across the silver screen.

Share warnings about scams

Many of us take scam reports for granted, and that’s a dangerous attitude to have.

Thanks to those who aren’t hunkered down

Some of us may have chuckled a few times as we watched news reports of the deepening snow and frigid temperatures that settled in over parts of the Northeast a few days ago.

Drone rules need to be reasonable

The first time a drone flies over a Silicon Valley neighborhood it will be a novelty. The second, third and fourth flyovers will generate legitimate questions about privacy, public safety and future applications of their use.

Shell shock

Just like that, the 84th Texas Legislative Session is about a third over, and lawmakers are busy holding hearings and debates over hundreds of proposed new laws.

A simple red rose speaks volumes

Denton first responders had a special Valentine’s Day gift for several deserving people on Friday — a red rose.

Critics call for Legislature to meet annually

Critics of Texas’ so-called part-time Legislature are at it again, calling for lawmakers to adopt annual sessions.

Heart health a priority for women

The annual Denton Go Red for Women luncheon makes it fashionable for women to learn how to prevent heart disease.

Guard’s mission of dubious utility

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick understandably wants to deliver on his campaign promise to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and fill gaps left by inadequate federal enforcement, but he proposes to go about it the wrong way by extending the deployment of Texas National Guard troops on a mission of dubious utility.

Playground plans draw on kids’ imaginations

We can’t wait to see the new playground being planned for South Lakes Park in Denton — we understand that a top-notch design team has been working on the initial design.

Groups help make meal healthier

Most of us take fresh fruits and vegetables for granted — a trip to the grocery store is all it takes to replenish our supply.

Campus carry a bad idea

We keep wondering why Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other lawmakers in Austin continue to push campus-carry legislation when many university officials and campus police have warned against such measures.

Protect children from diseases

We believe that Mississippi and West Virginia set a fine example for other states to follow when it comes to getting childhood vaccinations.

Conditions ripe for grass fires

It’s time to sound the alarm — grass fire season is already beginning as North Texas continues to battle stubborn drought conditions.

Fort Hood heroes deserve honors

Friday’s announcement from the Army that it would award the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting was welcome, if long overdue.

TSA continues to battle boneheads

The descent of American presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant, argued the 19th century writer Henry Adams, was enough to raise doubts about the theory of evolution. Anyone looking to debunk Darwin today could find ample evidence in the behavior of travelers going through airport security every day.

Denton needs towing ordinance