Americans are on pins and needles about the changing nature of politics as we embark on the Trump era. This is true particularly in minority communities.
Consider the daily life of Dr. Denton A. Cooley, who died recently at age 96. For decades every morning, he left his home in River Oaks, donned his surgical smock at Texas Medical Center and from dawn to dusk plunged his gifted hands into the open chests of men, women and children whose hearts were failing, who were within days, or less, of death.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continues to push a new state law that would require people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender at birth.Patrick asserts the bill would protect women and girls against male predators who pretend to be female so they can get into a women’s restroom. Essentially, his bill provides a solution to a problem that does not exist.
Not only has the Texas Railroad Commission consistently denied man-made earthquakes in the face of compelling science, it also worked overtime to protect the oil and gas industry from accountability for its role in an earthquake swarm that rattled Azle and Reno in late 2013 and early 2014.
A chill is in the air. The approaching holidays mean more time with friends and family. Our hearts were warmed last week when we saw the Record-Chronicle’s front-page photo of Santa Claus and Denton Mayor Chris Watts kicking off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
We commend the Denton Fire Department for establishing a new medical unit at Denton Regional Medical Center. Fire Chief Robin Paulsgrove and Assistant Chief Kenneth Hedges are grappling with population growth that outpaces their ability to build new fire stations.
In the poker-faced diplomacy surrounding Gen. Santa Anna’s prosthetic leg, it’s not as if we haven’t asked nicely. We have. For three decades, various delegations of Texans have tried to sweet-talk Illinois into sharing the coveted cork leg it has held hostage — wait, strike that — that it has sheltered for the last 169 years.
Officials at Texas State University in San Marcos have removed fliers from bathroom mirrors across the campus that read: “Now that our man Trump is elected and Republicans own [Congress] — time to organize tar and feather vigilante squads and go arrest and torture those deviant university leaders spouting off all this diversity garbage.”
A few parents kept their children home from school on Election Day. They worried their schools were being used as polling places and election-related violence might break out. Some were concerned that additional traffic congestion might endanger their children.
Following Senate Republicans’ unprecedented decision early this year to refuse consideration of Democratic President Obama’s nominee for a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy on the grounds the next president should make that selection, an effort is now underway to refuse consideration of any nominee put forward if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. And is anyone surprised Texas’ flip-flopping, self-serving junior senator is at the bottom of this dirty deck?
Texas Agriculture Secretary Sid Miller has done everything he can to signal that he’s for Donald Trump in Tuesday’s election. But on Tuesday he so embarrassed himself — and Texas — that even the famously trash-talking Trump ought to ask him to sit this one out.
It was good to see state Sen. Jane Nelson of Flower Mound get tough recently with the head of Texas’ Child Protective Services. When Henry “Hank” Whitman dithered on whether raises for his overwhelmed CPS workers belonged in his emergency plan to help get Texas children better care, Nelson set him straight.
We are not sticks in the mud here at your hometown daily newspaper. Nothing wrong with an adult beverage to lubricate the gears of a good time. But we have a question: What constitutes a proper mix of retail establishments in Denton’s business core around the Square and on nearby blocks on Hickory, Oak, Elm and Locust streets?
The sanctity of the ballot box is safe in Denton County and throughout the other 3,147 counties, parishes and boroughs in the United States. Only “no-nothings” prone to believing ridiculous conspiracy theories believe the Nov. 8 presidential election is “rigged.”