“See something, say something.” Most often, we see this phrase in reference to terrorism. It reminds us to take threats of violence seriously and tell police about them.
Here’s a brain teaser to test your knowledge of North Texas higher education: What Dallas private four-year college is receiving repeated plaudits in elite education publications for its ground-breaking programs and educational models? Which college’s president was a finalist in 2013 for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award? Which has nearly doubled enrollment during the last five years?
The tragic shooting Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Oregon intensifies the pressure on the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University administrators to strike just the right chord when they create “gun-free zones” on their campuses.
Do you remember that old song “Hey Look Me Over?” It reminds us of the process now going on between EdR Collegiate Housing and neighbors in the vicinity of a proposed mixed-use development on Hickory Street across from the University of North Texas campus.
The Denton Record-Chronicle’s reporters try to write their stories straight down the middle, giving space to all sides of an issue or controversy. Typically, reporters don’t advocate for anything one way or the other. A story on Page 1A of today’s newspaper represents a departure.
Do you get the feeling that the world is spinning out of control: refugee crisis in Europe, deteriorating race relations in the U.S., violent Muslim extremists rampaging through the Middle East, suspicion of Muslims in the homeland, partisan gridlock in Washington D.C., Donald Trump’s political rise, roller coaster stock market, identity theft, runaway health care costs and texting while driving.
Let’s take a break from the Donald Trump show and the parade of pygmies trailing behind him in the GOP contest for president. We’ve heard all about the greatness of Ronald Reagan, threats posed by Muslims and Mexicans, Planned Parenthood horror stories and Obama’s traitorous nuke deal with Iran.
Rick Perry became a gifted politician during his 30 years in elected office. But presidential politics proved too demanding for him. As Texas governor, his ambitions soared to the national stage during an ill-fated bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. Repeated gaffes and stage fright proved his undoing.
The soft-spoken older man in the gray suit had taught Bible classes before. He had led a Scripture class as a midshipman at Annapolis and then on a submarine as an officer in the Navy. He taught the Bible as a farmer, and he even conducted 15 classes at Washington’s First Baptist Church when he lived in the White House.
Now, we bring you an important message from the Denton Record-Chronicle’s Department of Shameless Promotion. Inside today’s newspaper you will find Football 2015, a 112-page magazine that literally contains everything you want to know about the upcoming college and high school football season in Denton County.
One cannot help but like UNT President Neal Smatresk. He’s a friendly guy, and he likes to talk. Newspapers appreciate loquacious public officials. They often do a better job of informing citizens about what’s going on than a guy who hides behind press releases and avoids reporters.
Denton community leaders are embarking on a difficult quest to improve the delivery of mental health services throughout the county. We believe this issue will sit atop our “to do” list for years to come. Thousands of lives depend on the newly formed Denton County Behavioral Leadership Team getting it right.