July 3, 2013

Charles Oliver: Minister 'borrows' expensive bracelet


• Federal Judge Patrick Duggan has found that Michigan teacher Johnson “Jay” McDowell violated the First Amendment rights of one of his students. McDowell, who teaches at Howell High School, threw Daniel Glowacki out of his classroom during an anti-bullying presentation when Glowacki said he doesn’t accept gays because of his religious beliefs. Duggan ordered McDowell to pay $1.

• Officials at Tennessee’s Columbia State Community College are investigating claims that a teacher forced students to wear ribbons supporting gay pride. Some students say psychology professor Linda Brunton had them wear the ribbons for a day, then write about the discrimination they faced. The students claim Brunton told them that those who oppose gay rights are “uneducated bigots.” A local newspaper says people claiming to be former students contacted it saying Brunton had given similar assignments in the past and punished those who objected.

• While driving through Houston County, Tenn., Patricia Barnes stopped at a restaurant and used the restroom. A few days later, she got a request for $5 in the mail from the restaurant for using the restroom without buying anything. How did the restaurant’s owner track her down? Sheriff Darrell Allison ran her tag number and gave the owner her information. Allison said police officers routinely look up information for private citizens. “I would say that happens every day. It’s a very common occurrence,” he said.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.

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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.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

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  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
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    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