May 13, 2014

Charles Oliver: Holocaust homework ignores historical facts

— • Rialto, Calif., school superintendent Mohammad Z. Islam has apologized for an eighth-grade class assignment that called on students to write an essay on whether the Holocaust really occurred or was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.” Syeda Jafri, a spokeswoman for the school district, refused to say whether the teachers who made the assignment will face any punishment.

• Former Madisonville, Texas, police officer Jeffrey Covington has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years probation after being convicted of conspiring with another officer and a third person to plant meth in his ex-wife's car. The Covingtons were involved in a custody dispute. Laura Covington was jailed and had her children taken from her for five weeks after police stopped her and found the drugs. Those charges were later dropped.

• Spanish prosecutors are investigating Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar after he called homosexuality a “defect.” Gay rights groups called the remark hate speech that violates the country's constitutional protection of dignity.

• Lewis & Clark College in Oregon has declared two friends, one white and one black, guilty of creating a “hostile and discriminatory environment” for exchanging racial jokes with one another at a private party. During a game of beer pong, the black student named his team after a colloquial form of the N-word. He later greeted his friend with the phrase “white power.” A student who wasn’t at the party heard about the remarks and filed a complaint. The school placed both students on probation and required both to attend bias reduction training.

• Humble, Texas, police have charged Patricia Almond with suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Almond, a teacher with the Humble school system, was stopped while driving to work at Timberwood Middle School after officers spotted her swerving and striking a retaining wall. They report that when she got out of her vehicle, she appeared to be disoriented, had bloodshot eyes and had the smell of alcohol on her breath.

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    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

  • 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