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.
It’s easy to become cynical about government and its role in our lives. We often focus on issues that generate the biggest headlines — abortion, gun control, terrorism, LGBT rights and such — and ignore the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in Washington, D.C.
It has been more than three months since President Barack Obama nominated federal Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia the month before. And the GOP-controlled Senate, playing pure politics, has refused to act on the nomination until after the November election.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone’s latest ruling striking down gambling offered by El Paso’s Tigua Indians was not surprising, given a long string of precedents in the case. But she also sent a strong message to the state by saying her court wouldn’t continue as a de facto regulator of tribal gaming.
The Denton City Council has made some tough decisions in the last couple of years: putting the fracking ban to a vote in 2014, tax incentives for Buc-ee’s and a convention center at Rayzor Ranch Town Center, and authorizing a $265 million expenditure on gas-powered engines and a power plant to house them to generate electricity.
Here is a stunning sentence in a New Yorker magazine story on gun control. “More American civilians have died by gunfire in the past decade than all the Americans who were killed in combat in the Second World War,” wrote Evan Osnos, a veteran reporter.
What to make of Peshwaz Waise? Waise, a 28-year-old Muslim, picked up some English copies of the Quran after Wednesday’s early-morning prayer service at the Islamic Center of Denton. By midmorning, he had carried those copies of the Islamic holy book to a Denton medical center, where he caused a commotion by aggressively trying to hand them out to employees.
How do we even begin to sort out what happened early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida? What does it mean to us here in Denton County? Are we destined to be nothing more than innocent witnesses to these tragedies? Or can we do something?