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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  • 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