We hope all those who have decided to run or may be considering a try for Denton City Council took note of Mayor Chris Watts’ “State of the City” talk Monday night to members of the Denia Area Community Group.
The recent plunge in oil prices is great news for almost everyone. Motorists pay less at the pump for gas; airlines save money on jet fuel; retailers are likely to profit from the estimated $130 billion consumers will have to spend on other stuff. The economy should grow a bit faster, too. The trade balance will improve, since the United States still imports more petroleum products than it exports.
Too often when tax cuts are on the legislative menu, ordinary Texans don’t get a place at the table. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, aims to rearrange those chairs so that homeowners are getting a significant share of tax cuts when the Legislature serves up the budget surplus.
It’s hard to imagine Texas politics without Rick Perry. A more authentic Texan was never born. He grew up in northwest Texas, where cattle outnumber people. Perry, like most teenagers, left Haskell County after high school. He wound up attending Texas A&M.
We think it’s great that the University of North Texas is launching a new partnership with the Arlington school district to automatically accept high school juniors who are in the top 20 percent of their class, and we hope the plan will soon be expanded to Denton ISD and other area districts.
President Barack Obama is a good Democrat. He wants federal and state governments to pay the tab for lower-income students to attend community colleges for free. We agree with the president that community college provides a valuable option for job training and higher education.
Cathy McMullen moved from rural Wise County to a quaint, 100-year-old farmhouse in Denton to escape the fumes and noise of natural gas drilling. Surely, city ordinances would protect her from drilling operations on her doorstep. Or so she thought.