July 1, 2014

Charles Oliver: School officials decide x + y = 15 points

• The Montgomery County, Md., school system mailed out its final report cards for the year three days late because officials decided to recalculate final exam grades for algebra 1. Officials said too many students failed the test, so they gave everyone an extra 15 points.

• Texas state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer is drawing some heat for remarks at the Democratic Party’s recent state convention. Fischer said that GOP, the nickname for the Republican Party, stands for gringos and other ... Well, we can’t print the word he used. It’s a Spanish word that is sometimes translated as jerk but more commonly translated as a vulgarity.

• At least 500 Georgia law enforcement officers may have lied about taking required training. An Oconee County deputy was fired recently after claiming to have completed 20 hours of online training. Computer records showed he spent just eight minutes online. Officials with the Police Officer Training and Standards Council say a glitch in their software allowed officers to go to the end of the session soon after logging in. They say the only way to know for sure which officers are lying about their training is for each agency to review its records for the 11 months before the glitch was spotted.

• In California, Jay Creps had just coached the Chatsworth High School softball team to a city championship game for the second time when he was fired as coach. A disgruntled parent who thought Creps hadn’t given his or her daughter enough playing time had found a photo of him drinking a beer at a team party one or two years earlier and sent it to the school. Officials say school rules bar any consumption of alcohol during team events. Creps said he did not know that.

• The Chicago City Council has approved a law banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits bred by commercial breeders. City pet stores can now sell only such animals if they are acquired from humane societies, rescue groups or animal control.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    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