As birth rates decrease, baby boomers wait longer to be grandparents

Mon, Jun 8, 2015 - 11:27am

A funny thing happened as 20- and 30-somethings decided to hold off on marriage and children: grandparents-in-waiting grew older. Sometimes a bit anxious.

“I was thinking it was never going to happen,” says Mary Jo McCoy of Lee’s Summit.


McCoy became a grandmother for the first time last year and for the second time a few weeks ago.

She’s 67, but if you do the math, she could have been a grandmother a couple decades ago. McCoy was 22 when she and her husband, Mike, started their family of four children.


Grandparenthood has been everything she imagined it would be.

“It’s wonderful...

Denton Police Nicely Arrested Six Protesting Texas' Ban on Fracking Bans

Thu, Jun 4, 2015 - 11:04am

Now that Texas has passed a law that says cities can't ban fracking, it's a fitting middle finger to fracking bans that an energy company would get to work in Denton, the city where voters passed the historic regulation that started this all. Vantage Energy resumed drilling in Denton on Monday. While that sucks for all of the people in Denton who voted to pass the city's fracking ban, a small consolation prize is that the company has nothing but very kind words to say about the people who were protesting outside their operations this week. Six of the protesters have been arrested so far. 

"We recognize and appreciate...

What Should Christians Do About Anti-Christian Hostility? Christian Sociologist George Yancey Offers Guidance

Wed, Jun 3, 2015 - 12:57pm

What should Christians do about the hostile environment they increasingly face? In a Christian Post interview, professor George Yancey talks about his new book written for fellow Christians, Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias.

Christianophobia exists among a powerful elite subculture in the United States, University of North Texas ...

After Fracking Ban, Denton Residents Ponder Next Steps

Wed, Jun 3, 2015 - 12:46pm

Frustrated and grasping for options that weren't apparent, Denton residents flooded a city council meeting Tuesday night to assess where things stand after state lawmakers smacked down an ordinance voters passed last fall to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits.

The key question before the council: Should it remove the now-toothless ordinance from its books to stave off further legal trouble, or keep it to strike a symbolic blow for local control on the off chance that the law will prove useful again some day?

“We find ourselves today at a melancholy crossroads,” said Adam Briggle, a North Texas University...

Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges

Wed, Jun 3, 2015 - 12:38pm

Students and faculty members at public and private universities in Texas could be allowed to carry concealed handguns into classrooms, dormitories and other buildings under a bill passed over the weekend by the Republican-dominated Legislature. The measure is being hailed as a victory by gun rights advocates and criticized by many students and professors as irresponsible and unnecessary.

The so-called campus-carry bill is expected to be signed into law by the Republican governor, Greg Abbott. It would take effect in August 2016 at...