Little changes can help our planet

We like the idea of Earth Day and wonder why it doesn’t get more attention. It is, after all, a day designed to generate support and heighten awareness of the need to protect the environment, and that’s a subject that affects everyone.

Keep rabies shots up to date

We’ve often wondered why so many people who say they care about their pets fail to have the animals vaccinated.

Group to champion mental health

There’s hardly an American family that’s been immune to the stresses or heartache of serious mental illness or substance abuse. There’s hardly a major area of state or local government that doesn’t feel the drain in some way, too.

Celebrate Easter by helping others

It’s Easter Sunday, which means that many Denton County residents will be involved in special religious services today and family gatherings will be a top priority.

Help make jazz festival fun for all

The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is on the horizon, and we have a tip for anyone who wants to know the best way to savor the sights and sounds of the event — become a Top Hand.

Top DISD teachers make difference

Most of us have fond memories of favorite teachers who inspired us, challenged us and maybe even gave us a kick in the seat of our pants at just the right time.

Code Red helps residents prepare

Code Red, an emergency notification system that is used by many area cities, is going countywide, giving residents another tool to help prepare for catastrophic weather events.

Students show creative vision

The creative vision of Denton County young people continues to impress, and this time young filmmakers from Argyle and Sanger high schools are in the spotlight.

Garden project nourishes community

There’s a good thing growing on a few acres in northeast Denton, and the harvest enriches many lives. Shiloh Field Community Garden supplies fruit and vegetables for nonprofit organizations including Our Daily Bread soup kitchen, crisis center Friends of the Family and child care center Fred Moore Day Nursery, and 152 personal, 15-by-15-foot plots allow families or individuals to plant their own crops free of charge.

Easter pets need long-term care

Who hasn’t been tempted by the fuzzy little feathers on a baby duck or the fluffy fur on a bunny when looking for that perfect Easter present for a child or grandchild?

Get ready for West Nile season

Denton County Health Department officials announced recently that they are again partnering with health officials from Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties to coordinate efforts to make an impact on the upcoming West Nile virus season.

Help firefighters fund MDA efforts

Motorists in the city of Denton today should be on alert at major intersections for Denton firefighters who are wrapping up their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Festivals offer something for all

Downtown Denton should be the destination of choice on Saturday with separate festivals dedicated to heritage and the environment offering a variety of entertainment options.

Help United Way aid residents

United Way of Denton County announced its 2014-15 budget recently, and as always, we were struck by the generosity of the agency’s many benefactors.

Still time to register to vote

People are talking about the May 10 local elections, and that’s great — a high interest level could translate into a strong turnout at the polls.

Seek reputable firms for repairs

As expected, recent rainfall is producing a burst of new growth in area landscapes, but last week’s storm has also resulted in a bumper crop of signs advertising roofing services and automotive hail dent repair.

Texas education still in cellar

Judge John Dietz is expected to decide in May whether Texas’ funding of public schools is inadequate and, therefore, unconstitutional. In a preliminary ruling last year, the state district judge ruled against the state but wanted to hear arguments about whether increased two-year funding in 2013 changed that.

Serve Denton moves forward

Our best wishes go out to Serve Denton on the opening of its Assistance and Event Center.

Shop students deserve honors

Five Denton High School shop students deserve a pat on the back for going above and beyond when their teachers challenged them to build a one-man welding table for the school’s fabrication lab.

Global celebration spreads goodwill

The University of North Texas will observe Celebrating Global Citizens Month in April, which gives area residents several opportunities to explore different cultures and perhaps make a few new friends.

App contest could help community

There are a lot of exciting new projects in the Denton business community right now, and a contest by Brainwash Inc. is offering companies a way to have a new application for Apple devices to promote their services.

Consider attending election forums

Monday was “opening day” in more ways than one for Denton residents. Lucky ticketholders at Globe Life Park in Arlington — and anyone with access to various electronic media — celebrated one of the rites of spring by watching the Texas Rangers open another season, and later in the day, Denia-area residents hosted the first public forum of candidates running for Denton mayor and City Council.

Malone sends clear message to students

Fame can sometimes cause a shift in priorities, but judging from Jordan Malone’s advice to students at Nelson Elementary School on Friday, an Olympic medal hasn’t clouded his perspective.

U.S. rights wrongs to honor heroes

To be heroic is to be noble, selfless and inspiring. For those uncommon characteristics to be forgotten or ignored is tragic.

McCarney deserving of extension

University of North Texas football fans are applauding head coach Dan McCarney’s five-year contract extension, and we congratulate the coach, UNT athletic director Rick Villarreal and everyone else concerned for getting the deal done.

Chamber honors exceptional efforts

Hank Dickenson, deputy athletic director for the University of North Texas, was the unanimous choice to receive the Otis L. Fowler Award from the Denton Chamber of Commerce on Thursday night, and we commend members of the selection committee on their choice.

Join neighbors to clean up city

Litter may be one of the few subjects on which we all can agree, unless someone wants to step forward and speak in defense of trash that can spoil our view of spring wildflowers, cost a lot of taxpayer dollars and clog the shorelines of area waterways.

Forum effort an aid to voters

Kudos to Austin-area businessman Victor D. Dunn for organizing voter forums in several Texas cities, including Denton.

Gawarecki brings passion for city

Adam Gawarecki is now the vice president of economic development at the Denton Chamber of Commerce and we want to welcome him back to Denton as the newest member of the Denton Economic Development Partnership team.

Report potential scams to police

The most effective scams typically bring the fear factor into play to elicit a response from potential victims, and one currently making the rounds in Denton County is no exception.

Fertilizer industry initiative helpful

While state and federal officials aren’t setting any speed records in determining the need for more safeguards in the wake of the West fertilizer plant explosion nearly a year ago, The Fertilizer Institute and Agricultural Retailers Association rate praise for seeking to fill the void.

Ponder woman an inspiration for all

We hear a lot of inspirational stories, but the efforts of Ponder resident Helen Ament to complete a goodwill project for residents of West after the devastating fertilizer plant explosion really made an impression.

UNT tuition option holds promise

A new fixed-rate tuition option that gives students a bonus if they finish in four years may not be for everybody, as University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk said, but in our view it’s an option with definite merit.

Youth fair offers life lessons

The Denton County Livestock Association Youth Fair and Rodeo is a great learning experience — not only for the young participants, but also for the rest of us.

Brock helps make vision a reality

We were pleased to see former Denton Mayor Euline Brock honored Tuesday during dedication ceremonies for the transit center that bears her name.

Event serves up food to help kids

The Taste of North Texas has become something of a Denton tradition in the last quarter of a century and with good reason — the event encourages residents to help out a good cause and rewards them with samples of items from some of the area’s best restaurants.

Take caution over speed-limit increases

Much of what we’ve read about the Texas Department of Transportation considering a proposal to increase speed limits on several area highways has focused on the possible effects on air pollution, and that’s understandable.

SAT changes a good move

The role of the SAT depends on where you sit in the admissions process. For parents and high school students, it is an arduous summit that must be crested to enter the college of their choice. For college administrators, the SAT and its cousin the ACT are their best hope at assessing prospective students’ chances of success based on a national norm.

Celebrating the world of pi

When someone happened to mention that Friday was Pi Day, we began debating what flavor to have and how many slices to order.

Mural highlights Krum’s history

A new mural in downtown Krum will most certainly be a highlight for passing motorists and could provide an incentive for area travelers to map out a detour through the historic downtown area.

Learn about our urban wildlife

Reports of bobcat sightings in Denton provide another reminder that the area we now call home was once the domain of wild creatures.

Clock ticking on I-35E project

If Interstate 35E is a regular part of your travel plans, we’d suggest making a note of this Internet address: www.35express.org .

New businesses a boon for city

Recent announcements of new projects at Golden Triangle Mall and Rayzor Ranch Town Center are good news for the city’s economic outlook, which continues to grow brighter as 2014 unfolds.

Texas explores education ideas

Free community college. That was a big idea laid down by the governor of Tennessee recently, and for the right reasons. Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, leads a state with a mediocre college-going rate.

Residents’ efforts make city better

Four people were honored recently by the Southeast Denton Neighborhood Association for community service, and in our view, the accolades were well-deserved.

Daylight saving time coming up

Some people say we should blame Ben Franklin for daylight saving time and that may be true because we’ve read that he favored such sayings as “early to bed and early to rise.”

Storytelling fest mixes old, new

In an era of 3-D movies and television, audio systems that surround you with true-to-life sound effects and telephones that put a world of entertainment options and social media outlets at your fingertips, why would anyone want to listen to stories told the old-fashioned way?

Try to conserve water supply

A lot of people are talking about the unusually bitter cold temperatures we’ve had this winter, and a glance at our heating bill tells us they’re right.

Mock crash a good reminder

We’ve heard people debate the effectiveness of staging mock accident scenes as a deterrent for drunken driving, but in our view, any exercise that encourages sobriety and traffic safety is beneficial.

Join neighbors at the polls

Today is election day, and if you are not among the many Denton County residents who voted early, then we urge you to take the time to visit your designated polling place to cast a ballot in the primary elections.