Trump to change politics in U.S.

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.

Heart surgeon left lasting legacy

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.

Leave restroom issue to private sector

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.

Tough to untangle Trump’s messages

Donald Trump is the cat and we are the mice. He bats us around for awhile, gets bored and then moves on to his next provocation.

Council must put residents first

We welcome Todd Hileman to Denton. He becomes the new city manager next month. He replaces George Campbell, who served in the post for 10 years.

Make highway travel fair for all

Let’s all agree that North Texas does not need any more toll roads or managed toll lanes beyond those already planned.

Time to research gun violence

To make an informed decision, you need information. And that’s exactly what everybody involved in America’s bitter gun debate doesn’t have.

Cornyn should build on successes

Senate Republicans voted unanimously recently to keep Sen. John Cornyn as majority whip, a show of confidence that means the Texan will continue his role as the second-ranking leader in the Senate and one of the leading voices in Washington.

Ambush attacks on police must stop

It’s a horror that’s becoming all too familiar.

Campus report card comes under fire

The state’s A-through-F campus report card, designed to grade every Texas school’s performance, hasn’t even been put on the road for a test drive. In fact, it’s still under development.

Show appreciation for partner's effort

As seasoned editorial writers, we normally attempt to tailor a message to influence as wide an audience as possible. (Well, that’s what we think we do, anyway.) But it’s Thanksgiving, so allow us to leave normal aside for a few hundred words.

Shop local for the holidays

The year’s busiest shopping days are upon us. For many merchants, both large and small, the results of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday could spell the difference between a good year and a bad one.

Denton resides in political desert

The Nov. 8 general election is disappearing in our rearview mirror. Our focus now turns to Austin and the opening of the legislative session in January.

State quake research failure stunning

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.

Red kettles can offer teaching moment

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.

Local robbery sad on several levels

The recent story about the arrest of four Denton teenagers accused of robbery is sad on so many levels.

Lake Dallas builds strong staff

We are heartened and encouraged by the hiring of a highly qualified law enforcement professional as the new Lake Dallas chief of police.

Cafe puts teens on right path

Everyone can use a good story of reconciliation right about now. Especially one that reminds us that bridge-building is not as difficult as people make it out to be.

Penalize using phone while driving

We are immersed in the most life-changing technical revolution since the invention of television. Of course, we are not revealing anything that people don’t already know.

New medical unit could save lives

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.

Stupid criminals can be a real hoot

We love stupid criminal tricks.

Website offers insight into Trump’s transition

Donald Trump moved quickly to establish himself as president-elect after defeating Hillary Clinton last Tuesday. Trump knows a thing or two about branding and marketing.

Trump should address racism

A black man just spent eight years as president of the United States. Oprah Winfrey is the most admired woman in the world, black or white. Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon, sits at Donald Trump’s right hand.

Make sure it never happens again

The right to vote includes the right to have your vote properly counted. Ballots lost in a box undermine democracy. Ballots run through a scanner and counted more than once undermine democracy.

Illinois holds fast to Santa Anna’s leg

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.

State should mull reforming pot laws

A fractious and consequential presidential election can obscure all other news, but Texans also should take note of a pivotal night when marijuana gained legal ground in a big way.

Bland settlement may spark reform

A federal judge’s sign-off recently of a $1.9 million settlement between Sandra Bland’s family, Waller County officials and the trooper who arrested her brings some measure of closure and justice in this tragic case.

Hate fliers unwelcome

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.”

School polling sites enhance learning

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.

Trump must prove he can govern

Congratulations to Donald Trump on his stunning victory Tuesday night. He defied all the odds and will become the first U.S. president who has never served in the government or in the military.

Time ripe to put politics aside

The election is over. What now? We recommend a retreat into amnesia. Let’s all forget who supported Clinton and who supported Trump. Now is the time to put politics aside and take a breather after such an arduous campaign year.

Time to extend olive branches

The big day has finally arrived. We will know tonight — or Wednesday morning at the latest — whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will occupy the White House for the next four years.

Cruz again selectively honoring Constitution

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?

GOP must find way to keep women on board

Women account for 50 percent of the nation’s population. As they move through adolescence and into adulthood, Democrat and Republican parties engage in a never-ending struggle to attract them into politics.

Miller’s tweet, excuses embarrass Texas

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.

UNT can take notes from Baylor situation

We hope University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk and his top lieutenants are taking copious notes as Baylor University slogs through its sexual assault scandal.

Use caution with what media you consume

If it wasn’t such a pathetic sign of the times, it would be amusing. Instead, it’s just plain scary.

Treat survivors better

Our long national nightmare — the 2016 presidential election — will be over a week from today. Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will take office in January. And a new era in American politics will commence.

Chaotic agency needs real reform

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.

Fix Obamacare, don’t sabotage it

Many Americans could face double-digit health insurance rate hikes next year. The average mid-level Obamacare plan, the most popular choice, is expected to cost about 22 percent more in 2017 than it did in 2016.

Focus on improving public schools

For years, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other state leaders have pushed to permit vouchers, as a way to allow thousands of Texas students in failing schools to attend private schools.

Bad data makes for bad border policy

A drunken driver or speeding teenager may be threats to themselves and those around them, but they are not threats to border security. Neither is the guy who is behind on child support payments.

Voting problems must be fixed

In an editorial published in this space last Sunday, we applauded the Denton County Elections Administration for its professionalism and training programs for poll workers.

We can’t tolerate drive-by shootings

The drive-by shooting at Evers Park Elementary School on Tuesday evening is troubling to say the least.

Keep eye on retail mix around Square

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?

State targets exposure to deer-related disease

Just what we needed. One more thing to worry about. The hunting season for white tail deer starts Nov. 5 and we are increasingly concerned about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in the Texas herd.

Football fans’ excitement grows

This is a good time to be a football fan in Denton. If only we could get some football weather this fall.

Bad-teacher hiring circle must end

A reasonable Texan might wonder how troublesome teachers end up employed across our state and, more pointedly, how they somehow find new jobs even after misdeeds that include improper personal relationships with students.

Accurate vote count will occur

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.”

Grad stats don’t tell whole story

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.