May 6, 2014

Letter: Solving our own problems

— Your editorial regarding the Murray County library problem failed to address what I believe is the core issue here. Georgia is the only state in which the day-to-day operation of public libraries is a shared responsibility of state and local government.

It was started in the 1940s because the Legislature felt that the smaller cities and counties weren’t funding their libraries at an adequate level. But, as the saying goes, politicians have their own agenda and immediately capitalized on this as a way to lowball their allocation of fiscal resources and then blame the resulting deficiency on the state.

Dalton’s politicians played this game for years and only recently have begun to show signs of assuming a greater share of the library’s budget.

A library is a vital part of a community’s infrastructure and is just as important as roads, schools, hospitals and police departments. But this community, historically, has had a problem seeing this. And having had a fragmented administrative structure caused by having multiple counties reporting to Dalton hasn’t helped the situation at all.

If Murray County isn’t happy under the current arrangement, then let them pull out and go independent. If Catoosa did it, why can’t they? And Dalton can concentrate on working to solve our own problems and not spending time on somebody else’s.

Charles Hyder


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    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
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    No word. No warning. Little help.
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    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.

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    The numbers tell a sad tale.
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    Cards cast: 5,307.
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    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.

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