The amount of smoke surrounding the immigration issue is bewildering. But where’s the fire?
Tanya Marin, a pediatric nurse practitioner, wanted to open her own clinic in El Paso. But when she looked into the requirements, Marin discovered that state law required her to shell out anywhere from $20,000 to over $100,000 to get a doctor to oversee her operation.
Financial disasters at the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund have put public employee pension funds throughout Texas under a harsh spotlight. Some critics have asserted that problems with the Dallas fund could ultimately bankrupt the city if the situation is not brought under control.
The Denton Record-Chronicle reported Sunday that Denton County highways have gotten increasingly dangerous since 2014. This bad news comes after several years of improved crash statistics. We believe cellphones are responsible for the increase in fatal crashes.
Today, a Texas lawmaker can leave office on a Monday and become a registered lobbyist on Tuesday. Lobbyists can use a loophole to split the tab when wining and dining lawmakers, to avoid having to disclose big expenses. And lawmakers convicted of a felony are allowed to keep their state pension.
New Hope, a tiny town of 700 people just east of McKinney, has not been known for anything special. Now comes New Hope Mayor Jess Herbst, who used to be Jeff Herbst. Herbst, 58, appears to be the first transgender mayor in Texas. “He” came out as “she” during last week’s Town Council meeting, dressing as a woman for the first time in public.
The Baylor family feud between university regents and powerful donors is obscuring the fundamental question that first sparked The Dallas Morning News concerns last spring: In the aftermath of the school’s sexual assault investigation, were the appropriate people punished and are existing leaders justly in the clear?
We challenge the Denton City Council and new City Manager Todd Hileman to set a new civic engagement goal. Clearly, a vast majority of Denton citizens are disconnected from city government when it comes to voting in municipal elections and getting involved in city government committees and activities.
Covering the people’s business requires access. If given the chance, most legislative bodies would prefer not to have to deal with reporters and will turn gymnastics to limit access even to the point of rolling back accommodations that allow journalists to do their jobs.
Hugs: Outgoing Vice President Joe Biden turned out to be a likable Joe. While in office, he suffered the untimely death of a son from cancer. He took up the fight against the disease. We were touched when he shed tears on Thursday as President Obama bestowed upon him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Regime change is sweeping through Denton City Hall. We are optimistic that the new bosses will be better than the old bosses. They’ll be more open to including the public in their plans to manage the city’s growth, development and tax-and-spend policies.
The problem is one we’re all too familiar with: The prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses is intolerable. But universities are still working out the most effective ways to turn it around. We’re glad to see Rice University leading the way with an innovative approach.