Time to ride wave of renewable energy

Sat, Nov 14, 2015 - 10:06pm

by Devin Taylor and Adam Briggle

The recently proposed Renewable Denton Plan would increase our use of solar and wind power from 40 percent of our electricity portfolio to 70 percent. And it would nearly eliminate our dependence on coal. This is the right kind of thinking. Denton should be on the road to 100 percent renewables.

But the plan also calls for spending $220 million to build two natural gas power plants in Denton. This is where it goes wrong.

In this decade, we are witnessing massive changes in renewable energy that rival the kinds of impacts from fracking in the past decade. Now is not the time to...

Honoring our veterans

Sun, Nov 8, 2015 - 11:04am

As we embark upon the holiday season and the start of a new year, I hope you will join me in taking a moment to reflect upon the gift of freedom. On Nov. 11, our nation will observe Veterans Day in honor of the bravest and most courageous of citizens. Originally referred to as Armistice Day and chosen for the date in which World War I is generally regarded to have concluded, Americans have the opportunity to honor veterans for their patriotism along with their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

We as Americans are truly blessed to have the ability to enjoy our most cherished gift of freedom...

AV the Great Wants Denton To Have Its Own Performing Arts Magnet School

Wed, Oct 7, 2015 - 5:00am

by Jeremy Hallock

The landscape could be more inspiring in the southeast part of Denton where AV the Great grew up and still lives. There is a huge cemetery, a juvenile detention center, the county courthouse and jail, and the alternative school. These are the day-to-day surroundings of families, what they are accustomed to, and they feel the negative energy. Now AV the Great wants to change that.

On September 26, AV the Great joined a discussion panel for Oaktopia...

A well pad next to every 3-car garage: suburban sprawl collides with Texas frack jobs

Mon, Aug 24, 2015 - 5:00am

By Mark Hand

Since the dawn of the modern shale gas movement, natural gas producers and home builders in the city of Denton, Texas, have been on a collision course. The two powerful business interests understood suburban sprawl would eventually limit where gas companies could drill wells in the North Texas community.

Owing to Denton’s ample open and undeveloped space, the inevitable conflict was put on hold. Home builders and shale gas producers operated in harmony in the early years of the city’s boom times. Setback rules were a nonissue because operators could drill their new gas wells and developers could build...