Opinion

July 3, 2013

Charles Oliver: Minister 'borrows' expensive bracelet

• Roger Herft, an Anglican archbishop in Australia, calls the behavior of one of his own ministers “reprehensible.” The Rev. Terry McAuliffe found a gold and diamond bracelet belonging to Clyde and Lesley Bevan. Instead of returning it, he wrote to them saying he was now the legal owner of the bracelet under a law that allows people to keep property unclaimed for more than two months. But he offered to return the bracelet to the couple if they filed an insurance claim and gave him half their payout. After local media reported his demand, and after being denounced by his archbishop, McAuliffe agreed to return the bracelet without payment.

• High River, Alberta, residents have been devastated by recent floods. Many want to return to their homes and begin cleaning up. They are angry that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been blocking them from returning. They got even angrier this week when the Mounties admitted they have been breaking into those homes and seizing any firearms they can find. The Mounties say they are just trying to keep those weapons safe.

• An FBI agent pulled his weapon on a Detroit police officer recently. The officer was recreating a purse snatching at a local convenience store for a local TV news crew. The FBI agent happened to be there buying gasoline, saw what looked like a crime and pursued the “thief.” Fortunately, another police officer stopped the agent before anything serious happened. You’d think there’s enough crime in Detroit already without the cops having to create some.

• Edison, N.J., police officer Alan Varady has been charged with DUI after someone reported he had been drinking at a party for several hours when he was supposed to be on patrol. Varady has been suspended with pay from the police department.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

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

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

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

    July 28, 2014

  • 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