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.
The Texas Supreme Court has created a massive loophole in the state’s open records laws that threatens the foundation of government transparency. Fixing the issue must be a priority for the Legislature in 2017, but local governments can take some important steps in the meantime.
Colin Kaepernick is a 28-year-old quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. We have no idea what kind of team the 49ers are fielding this year. What we know is that Kaepernick has decided to protest treatment of minorities in the United States by taking a knee during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner” prior to games.
A new era of Mean Green football begins Saturday night at Apogee Stadium. For want of a better term, we’ll call it the Seth Littrell era. He’s the new head coach who has struggled for the last six months to assemble a credible team from the remnants of the Dan McCarney era, which ended with a 1-11 record in 2015.
Denton must pay close attention to the Zika virus. Throughout the summer, we’ve heard a lot about Zika and its affects on unborn babies. Most of the news stories focused on Third World nations in Africa, the Caribbean and South America. It seemed so far away from us; something we need not worry about.
When Bishop Kevin Farrell arrived in Dallas nearly a decade ago to begin restoring the trust that had broken down in the Catholic Diocese here, he brought with him a personal humility, an international perspective and a style of leadership that focused on service.
Much of the beauty and interest in the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana stems from the creatures living there. The 2,600 acres of wetlands features dozens of animal species, from deer to water fowl, turkeys, beavers, catfish and bass, herons and egrets.
Summer temperatures are falling right now. We have a lot to look forward to in Denton — opening of schools and universities for the 2016-17 academic year, Friday night high school football and the newest edition of the Mean Green playing on Saturdays.