June 5, 2013

Charles Oliver: Apparently, Legos aren't toys

* Officials at Old Mill Pond Elementary School in Massachusetts gave a 6-year-old boy one day of detention and forced him to apologize to a bus driver for bringing a toy gun on a school bus. The gun was a Lego toy about the size of a quarter. The school also sent home a letter to parents about the incident assuring them that their children were never in danger. Well, yeah, because it was a quarter-sized toy gun.

* Kyron Birdine, a junior at Arlington High School in Texas, didn’t appreciate having to take the statewide STAAR test because the entire time he was in school he was being prepared to take a different statewide test. He still had to take that test, the TAKS, to graduate. So he wrote “YOLO” (you only live once) and “I have the TAKS test to study for, not this unneeded craziness” on the test and scrawled a happy face next to it. Then he took a photo of what he'd written and tweeted it. School officials gave him four days in-school suspension for that.

* Briar MacLean, 13, didn’t hesitate when he saw a bully pull a knife on a classmate at Sir John MacDonald School in Canada. MacLean jumped between the two and pushed the bully away. And he was lauded for his efforts by school officials. No, just joking. They searched his locker, gave him a reprimand and made him stay in the principal’s office for the rest of the day. MacLean’s mother said the school’s vice principal explained the punishment by saying they “don’t condone heroics in this school.” Maybe they should make that the official school motto.

* San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has publicly asked people who may be chosen as jurors to reject federal charges against Ronnie Chang. Chang has been charged by the Justice Department with running a medical marijuana dispensary, which is legal under California law but illegal under federal law.

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  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014