January 23, 2013

Charles Oliver: Working five days a week too intense

French teachers have gone on strike over the government’s plans to extend the school week to five days from four.

The Michigan Civil Service Commission reports that state workers took an average of 9.4 to 11 sick days a year during the past five years. By contrast, private workers took an average of four sick days a year, according to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, citing federal Bureau of Labor statistics.

Boulder, Colo., police officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow have been charged with suspicion of forgery, tampering with physical evidence, attempting to influence a public official, unlawful taking of a trophy elk, conspiracy, killing an elk out of season, unlawful use of an electronic device to unlawfully take wildlife and first degree official misconduct. Carter, while on duty, allegedly shot an elk that had been roaming a local neighborhood. Curnow, who was not on duty, and an on-duty Boulder County sheriff’s deputy allegedly picked up the carcass. The deputy has not been charged.

Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway has been indicted for fraud to avoid $600,000 in mortgage debt. Hathaway, a former Macomb County assistant prosecutor, resigned earlier this week.

The United States ranked 12th in the world in total prosperity in 2012, according to the Legatum Institute, a London, England-based think tank, down from sixth in 2008. Last year was the first year the United States did not rank in the top 10 of the index, which includes measures such as economic growth, wealth and personal freedoms.

Officials at Maryland’s White Marsh Elementary School suspended two 6-year-old boys for pointing their fingers at each other like guns. The two were playing cops and robbers during recess.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered emergency room doctors in the city's public hospitals not to prescribe long-lasting painkillers such as Oxycontin or methadone. And he says they can prescribe no more than three days worth of other painkillers. Bloomberg says the new rules are aimed at cutting prescription drug abuse. Critics say the rules will keep patients with legitimate needs from getting adequate pain relief.

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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

    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

  • 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

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    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.

    July 21, 2014