We’ll take good news where we can get it, and a record high in the rate of U.S. students who are earning a high school diploma certainly qualifies.
When you swing for the fences, there’s always the risk of striking out. If taxpayer money is on the line, it falls to elected leaders to improve the odds. That’s our biggest problem with the proposal for a new ballpark in Arlington: It doesn’t go far enough to ensure the promised results.
We read something that stopped us in our tracks. It was one of those stories that flared up last week about Donald Trump’s assault on women. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated that he no longer backed Trump for president and would focus on keeping Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The irony of Texas Highway 130 is impossible to ignore. In a fast-growing region in the heart of a fast-growing state that is desperate for more roads, the developers of the southern section of Texas 130 managed to build a toll road that few use. That is some engineering feat.
Here’s a trivia question for you. Who is Mary Kay Letourneau? Letourneau is the Washington state teacher who precipitated the modern era of teachers having sex with students. She was 34 when she had sex with Vili Fualaau, a 12-year-old student, in 1996.
Between 2010 and 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects the number of new cancer cases in the United States to go up about 24 percent in men to more than 1 million cases per year, and by about 21 percent in women to more than 900,000 cases per year.
Change is a constant. Change is essential to progress. But it can be wrenching and disrupt the status quo. The digital revolution continues to change the way we communicate and the way we shop for products. The revolution comes at us from all directions and with great speed. It produces winners and losers.
Local, state and federal governments are becoming more and more secretive. Too many meetings are held behind closed doors, often referred to as “executive sessions.” And too many public officials are searching for excuses to keep public records hidden from the very public they purport to serve.
Denton City Council member Kathleen Wazny is calling for ethics reform at City Hall. It looks as if a council-appointed committee will be reviewing how to amend the city charter to expand regulations on City Council members, city employees and city board and commission appointees.
Texas lawmakers will gather in Austin next January for the 85th session of the Legislature. The roster includes 150 members of the House of Representatives and 31 state senators. Together, they will craft a state budget for 2018-19 and pass new laws that will impact virtually every facet of life in the Lone Star State.
Chances are good that we’ve all heard a teacher burnout story or two. Well-intentioned educators start out in the profession energized and dedicated to helping their students succeed. But all too soon, the enormous stress of addressing the complex needs of those young people — particularly in an urban environment — takes its toll.
We really aren’t interested in Colin Kaepernick and his protests prior to San Francisco 49er football games. We’ve already said in this space that we don’t think his tactics are productive, but we defend his right to express himself as a matter of free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The tragic story of Jacqueline Vandagriff’s grisly murder is a parent’s worst nightmare. Court records tell us that she met Charles Dean Bryant at a Fry Street bar the night before her dead and dismembered body was found dumped in a park next to Grapevine Lake.
Movies and literature need to change their stereotypical depictions of drug addicts as seedy gutter rats in tattered clothes. Today’s addict more likely is a working woman struggling to ease her chronic back pain or a college football player who started numbing his aches and pains with prescription painkillers and then progressed to heroin.
Pain is often permanently etched on the faces of parents with physically or mentally disabled children. Their children suffer from impairments ranging from autism to muscular dystrophy to Down syndrome. Mom and dad worry constantly about how their child will ever fit into a world suspicious of such “differences.”
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died. A startling Frontline documentary on PBS makes the case that American investigators might have prevented 9/11 if not for bureaucratic infighting at the highest levels of the FBI.
The U.S. Justice Department’s decision to phase out its private prisons has prompted the Department of Homeland Security to review its own use of such facilities. This is a welcome move as immigration detention centers have come under some of the same criticism as other private prisons.
What happened to Aimee Bissett? Bissett, the city of Denton’s director of development services, played a large role in a variety of projects designed to bring new industries to Denton. An example would be her negotiations leading to the deal that offered Buc-ee’s tax breaks in return for bringing a store to Denton.
A lot of voters still have not made up their minds about whether to vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton for president. The indecisiveness stems from the fact that many general election voters just don’t like either of the candidates. Those uncommitted voters think Clinton is untrustworthy and Trump is an unprincipled opportunist who’s willing to say or do anything to get elected. So, what are we to do?
Sometimes a shakeup at the top signals a critical message: It’s a new era. Things are changing. We mean business. That was almost certainly the intent recently in the news that half of the regional directors for Texas Child Protective Services offices will be replaced.