May 12, 2014

Profile series helps readers make informed decisions

— There’s only one week left to this primary election season, and while many readers are thinking “thank goodness,” there are others who are still mulling over whom they will cast a vote for on Tuesday. The Daily Citizen is helping you make an informed decision.

You may have noticed that our series of candidate profiles started Sunday and will continue until just before Election Day. This series, covering contests in Whitfield and Murray counties and written by the newspaper staff, has proven popular in past election seasons for at least a couple of reasons.

It offers the candidates a free forum to get their messages out to the public in a way that stands out more than just a slogan or a sign that reads “Vote for and elect ...” The series encourages candidates to define the issues and speak out on them and to also tell us why they want to “give back to the community.”

For the readers, the stories provide insight into what the candidates stand for, as well as a little about their personal lives, such as learning about a candidate’s family, church and career of choice.

For the primaries, we are concentrating on contested races. When the general election rolls around in November, we’ll take a look at those contested races as well.

For those of you who have your minds made up on how to cast a ballot, remember that early voting continues at both counties’ courthouses through Friday. For the rest of you, we hope to see you at your local precinct on Tuesday, May 20, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

And perhaps again on July 22 — word is there’ll be at least one runoff decision to be made that day.

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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