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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  • 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