Opinion

October 24, 2012

Charles Oliver: Not so fast, soccer moms

The Isambard Community School in England has barred parents from attending sporting events  their children take part in at the school unless they submit themselves to and pass a criminal background check.

Several Pasadena, Calif., schools have banned Flamin’ Hot Cheetos because of their fat and sodium content. If they find a student has brought them to school, officials confiscate them. Several years ago, I was covering the education beat and I was interviewing a local high school student. I’ve forgotten exactly why, but he showed me what he had brought for lunch that day: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Tapatio sauce.

Chris Boedeker, the Republican candidate for Georgia House of Representatives District 82, has pulled an ad accusing his opponent in the Nov. 6 election, incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb, of opposing drug testing for welfare recipients because he is a drug addict. The ad used a brief, out of context clip of Holcomb joking that when he was in the military he always got called on for a urine sample after he’d just urinated and said Holcomb was talking about getting tested after he’d just used drugs.

Thanks to redistricting and California’s new “top two” primary system, Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, who have served in the U.S. House of Representatives 29 and 15 years respectively, find themselves facing each other on the Nov. 6 ballot, and apparently neither man is keen on leaving Congress. At a recent forum, the two began to exchange harsh words and Sherman, 57, put his arm around Berman, 71, and asked, “Do you want to get into this?” Fortunately, a police officer separated the two.

French President Francois Hollande has proposed banning homework. He says it is unfair that some children have parents who will help them with homework and others don’t.

A dove flew into the side of Ryan Adams’ home. The crash broke the bird’s neck and killed it, so Adams cooked and ate the bird and blogged about it. That brought a visit from a Texas Parks and Wildlife agent who threatened to prosecute Adams for possessing wildlife that had not been legally taken. It’s currently dove season, so if Adams had hunted and killed the bird there would be no issue. After media picked up the story, however, state officials said they would not prosecute Adams.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

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

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  • Ensuring the joy of reading

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

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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.

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  • 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