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Good park debate, now time for Dallas City Council vote
We were pleased to see a robust 90-minute discussion Wednesday before the Dallas City Council over the long-simmering plan to require developers to chip in to help Dallas buy park land and develop trails. The debate raises important questions — how to structure the rules to not discourage affordable housing development, how the city can better maintain the parks it already has, and how to deal with the fact that some areas that’ll generate the lowest fee revenue have the greatest need for parks. But most members appeared to support the idea, as we do. There’s time for amendments and tweaks, but now is the time to schedule a vote — and before the July recess. We’ve talked about this for 20 years. Let’s do something about it.
DeSoto girls track team’s impressive three-peat
The word "dynasty" sometimes gets attached to sports teams that haven’t exactly earned the title. That’s not the case with the DeSoto High School girls track team, which for the third straight year brought home 6A state championship honors last weekend. In fact, DeSoto has won six of the last eight titles since 2011 and seven overall. This school has built a culture of consistent excellence that few Texas teams can rival. These young women’s dedication and hard work make winning look easy.
Straus’ step to stop sexual harassment in Legislature
House Speaker Joe Straus won’t be in office when the Legislature convenes next January, but before he retires, he’s doing his best to address the issue of sexual harassment. Straus announced Wednesday that he has created a work group that will take additional steps to "prevent and eradicate" misconduct. The group, comprised of both Republicans and Democrats, will review existing policies as well as study and research the practices used in other states in order to maintain a safe working environment. It’s good to see Straus continuing to do work that will leave a legacy long after he is gone.
Pinkston captures the spirit of its students
If you want students to take pride in their school, it is a good idea to chat with them about the image they want portrayed. This week, Pinkston High School students participated in a charrette to help designers of a new Pinkston campus in West Dallas capture the spirit of the student body. When asked to describe their school, the teens used positive words like leadership, college-bound and innovation, descriptions far less likely to have been uttered a few years ago when the school was in academic quicksand. It is nice to see students participating in this exercise and demonstrating pride in the direction their school is headed.
Disgraced Farenthold brings more shame on himself
It was bad enough that former Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, engaged in crude and verbally abusive behavior in his congressional office. To make matters worse, he’s now reneging on his vow to repay $84,000 in taxpayer money used to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. He’s using the old "on my attorney’s advice" excuse for not doing the right thing. What’s more, he’s accepted a lucrative position lobbying for the Calhoun Port Authority in his former South Texas district just weeks after resigning over this sorry mess. Forgive us if we continue to have big questions about his integrity.