April 1, 2014

Charles Oliver: In Hawaii, police get touchy about the law

• Hawaiian lawmakers were upset to learn that not only was it legal for law enforcement officers to have sex with prostitutes while “acting on the course and scope of duties” it was also pretty common. So they decided to bar them from having sex with hookers on the job. That brought a swift response from law enforcement leaders, who said they won’t be able to make prostitution cases without being able to have sex with the people they want to arrest. The two sides finally reached a compromise. Lawmakers banned police from having intercourse with prostitutes but they can legally have other types of sex with them. One wonders if the wives and girlfriends of vice officers are as understanding as members of the Hawaii Legislature.

• Bills moving through the Minnesota Legislature would require that all official documents refer to Asian carp as “invasive carp.” Asian carp got that name because they originated in Asia, though they have been introduced into the United States and are crowding out native species in many areas. Lawmakers say they want to rename the fish because they fear that calling such a destructive fish Asian casts people of Asian origin in a bad light.

• Law enforcement officers in several Florida departments have used a cellphone tracking device some 200 times since 2010 without revealing that to judges or obtaining warrants for their use. But they have an excuse. They say the manufacturer made them sign a nondisclosure agreement that forbids them from revealing their use of the device, even to judges. In fact, one department searched at least one residence without a warrant because they feared if they went before a judge to get the warrant they’d have to reveal they tracked a suspect to the residence using the device. A judge in one case finally got suspicious and forced officers to reveal the use of the device, but not before they got the courtroom closed to the public and got the judge to agree to seal their testimony. But when that case was appealed, one of the appellate judges revealed the use of the device.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014