Take an issue that's full of sometimes-complicated details like Texas public school finance, throw in an element of urgency like the need for better transportation solutions in Dallas-Fort Worth, add a healthy helping of local interest spiced with some controversy and you have the perfect assignment for Mike Norman to examine in depth. Mike is the newspaper's editorial director.

E-mail: mnorman@star-telegram.com

Sounds at the Stock Show include ‘cha-ching’

| |Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s economic impact is eye-popping.

Editorial board adds a strong conservative

| |Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

A powerful view on how government works and how it should work.

Blaming North Texas earthquakes on gas industry a difficult fight

| |Friday, Jan. 10, 2014

Critics cite regulator disinterest, but the real foe will be the industry’s well-paid lawyers.

In one scholar’s view, suburbs are protecting criminals

| |Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

A guest column writer says North Texas insulates the wealthy, even when they have done wrong.

Juvenile detention not the way it’s done

| |Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013

Texas and nation show solid trend away from lockups.

Counties, think twice about state money

| |Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Lawmakers set aside funds for roads torn up by drilling trucks, but attached strings.

Texas charter schools flexing their muscles

| |Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013

New legislation allows the number of charters to grow gradually, and they want state facilities funding, too.

Contraception requirement case headed to Supreme Court

| |Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Hobby Lobby argued on religious grounds and won appellate ruling.

Stop blaming yourself now, Dallas; let it go

| |Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Fifty years of a city’s remorse is long enough; bulldoze Dealey Plaza.

Bishops take a stern tone on immigration

| |Thursday, Nov. 07, 2013

Letter to House Speaker Boehner cites “moral urgency” of reforming a broken system.