With the Fourth of July weekend upon us, let’s take a break from ISIS, Trump, Hillary, the firearms debate, LGBT issues, abortion politics and the myriad other issues that seem to dominate the news these days.
The Denton City Council has made some tough decisions in the last couple of years: putting the fracking ban to a vote in 2014, tax incentives for Buc-ee’s and a convention center at Rayzor Ranch Town Center, and authorizing a $265 million expenditure on gas-powered engines and a power plant to house them to generate electricity.
Here is a stunning sentence in a New Yorker magazine story on gun control. “More American civilians have died by gunfire in the past decade than all the Americans who were killed in combat in the Second World War,” wrote Evan Osnos, a veteran reporter.
What to make of Peshwaz Waise? Waise, a 28-year-old Muslim, picked up some English copies of the Quran after Wednesday’s early-morning prayer service at the Islamic Center of Denton. By midmorning, he had carried those copies of the Islamic holy book to a Denton medical center, where he caused a commotion by aggressively trying to hand them out to employees.
How do we even begin to sort out what happened early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida? What does it mean to us here in Denton County? Are we destined to be nothing more than innocent witnesses to these tragedies? Or can we do something?
Congratulations to the Baylor University Board of Regents for finally holding football coach Art Briles and Chancellor and now former President Ken Starr accountable for repeatedly turning a blind eye toward athletes who sexually assaulted female students.
It’s hard to gin up much in the way of tears and sympathy for poisonous reptiles, we know. You may not care, then, how Texas hunters go about catching the live-and-squirming specimens displayed at popular “rattlesnake roundups” — but maybe you should.
This is when some outside entity, like The Dallas Morning News, would call for Baylor University officials to make full, public release of a long-awaited report into its institutional response to sexual violence allegations against its students.
One would hope that the city of West could find some measure of closure now that government investigators have finally announced the cause of the fire that sparked a massive fertilizer explosion three years ago, leveling homes, schools and businesses.