October 9, 2013

Charles Oliver: Learning to interpret the dress code

Kimberly Fricker, principal of California’s Canyon High School, has apologized to a 16-year-old student for forcing her to remove a National Rifle Association T-shirt. Fricker originally told Haley Bullwinkle her shirt violated the school’s dress code because it promoted violence. But after Bullwinkle’s father hired an attorney and went to the media, Fricker apologized and promised to train staff on how to interpret the dress code.

London’s Metropolitan Police say their requirement that new recruits be able to write English well discriminates against minorities because they are twice as likely to fail that part of the entrance exam as white candidates. Officials plan to downgrade the importance of written communication in entrance tests. Apparently, police work in England never, ever requires the ability to communicate effectively.

Ohio State University’s Department of Public Safety has acquired an armored fighting vehicle from a military surplus program. The department is reportedly the first police force in the state to have such a vehicle, but that’s only because it has to deal daily with improvised explosive devices and high-powered firearms.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it will represent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent John Dodson in his effort to publish a book about the “Fast and Furious” scandal. The ATF has blocked his attempt to publish the book because it would hurt morale in the agency. Fast and Furious was purportedly an attempt by the ATF to stem the flow of U.S. firearms to Mexican drug cartels by allowing the illegal sales of firearms to cartel associates. The program resulted in only a handful of indictments of low-level offenders. Two-thirds of the guns involved in the program have not been recovered and several have been used in crimes on both sides of the border.


The operator of a Halloween haunted house in Pennsylvania has dropped plans to allow customers to walk through the house naked this year after local officials warned him that could violate local zoning laws. Pat Konolpeski says officials in Spring Township “took the position this is adult entertainment. This is not adult entertainment, but not wanting to pick fights with our neighbors or township officials, I conceded.”

Weber Middle School in Long Island, N.Y., has banned children from playing tag and doing cartwheels, and has banned footballs, baseballs or anything children might want to throw. Officials say they only want to protect children from getting hurt during recess, noting that such games can lead to bumps and scrapes.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.

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  • 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

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014