It’s been an unimaginable ice storm — the likes of which we’ve not seen in North Texas in quite some time. Some say decades, others say even further back.
The headline on the Congress-watching newspaper Politico said it all: “Done.” The subhead expanded on the assertion, but there wasn’t much to add: “Congress is through legislating for the rest of 2013.” And that was mid-November, even before the lawmakers knocked off for a 10-day Thanksgiving recess.
The partisan election of judges is one of the more negative facets of state government, and for decades there have been attempts to change Texas’ judicial election system. We long have supported efforts to take party politics out of judicial elections and to reduce the effect of campaign money on the state’s courts.
Area teams have a lot at stake as the 2013 football season draws to a close — the University of North Texas will close out its regular season all but assured of playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2004, and several Denton County teams are still in the hunt as the high school playoffs continue.
Many parts of southern Dallas have more storefront payday lenders than banks or grocery stores. That’s a problematic picture that needs to change. Too often, payday lenders take advantage of consumers who don’t understand what they are getting into: high-interest-rate loans that mire borrowers in massive debt.
For millions of Americans, John F. Kennedy is simply a name in the history books. But for those old enough to remember 1960, Kennedy will always stand for much more — a challenge to reach the moon, the creation of the Peace Corps, his unflinching leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the fantasy that was called “Camelot.”
Angry Denton residents spoke loudly and clearly Tuesday night in support of a moratorium on natural gas drilling and we believe it’s time for City Council members to stop delaying and revisiting and effectively settle this issue once and for all.
The Sanger school board’s recent decision to approve new criteria for criminal background checks should prompt officials in other districts to make sure they have up-to-date guidelines for screening job applicants, volunteers, student teachers and anyone else who interacts regularly with students.
We’ve all seen people out on an area highway or walking along a local street picking up trash from time to time. Some of these good-hearted people keep a more regular schedule than others, often returning week after week to patrol an area and keep it free of litter.
We plan to wear our green this weekend and urge everyone to join us. The annual homecoming celebration at the University of North Texas is already in full swing, with alumni and friends of the university gathering in Denton to take part in a variety of festivities.
What’s the top listing on your calendar today? Well, if you haven’t voted in the Texas constitutional amendment election, we urge you to make that a priority. Since the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you should be able to find time to cast a ballot.
The 35Express project, designed to bring long-awaited and much-anticipated improvements to Interstate 35E between Denton and Dallas, will be massive in terms of scope and budget, and it will impact thousands of residents and businesses in every community along the 28-mile route.