Opinion

February 11, 2014

Charles Oliver: Average academics? No pizza for you!

• Parents of many students at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Md., are complaining about the school’s efforts to reward high achievers. The school threw an “Academic Achievement Celebration” during the final period one day. Students who got all As were allowed to dance and served pizza. Students with Bs and Cs could attend the dance after the school day ended, and after all the pizza was gone. Failing students were not allowed to attend. Some parents claimed the dance was elitist and discriminatory.

• The Memphis, Tenn., police department says it has more than 12,000 untested rape kits. Some of them are more than a decade old. Officials estimate it will cost more than $4 million to process all the kits.

• The Brazil, Ind., police department removed a drug dog from duty after it bit an 11-year-old boy. The dog was part of a mock drug search at the local courthouse, which was being done to educate fifth-graders about the dangers of drugs. It probably made them more aware of the dangers of drug searches.

• It took a seven-year court battle for Rahinah Ibrahim to get her name removed from the U.S. government’s “no fly” list. The government fought her every step of the way, at one point even trying to bar her daughter, a U.S. citizen, from returning from a trip abroad to testify in the case. Numerous government officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, told the courts they couldn’t even reveal why she was placed on the list. It would endanger public safety, they said. But the courts finally forced them to reveal why Ibrahim had been placed on the list, and when the judge found out why, he ordered them to remove her name. So why was she put on the list and refused permission to board airplanes? An FBI agent had misunderstood directions and accidentally checked the wrong box on a report on Ibrahim.

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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