June 24, 2014

Charles Oliver: Police officer found guilty in shooting

A jury has found former District Heights, Md., police officer Johnnie Riley guilty of first- and second-degree assault for shooting Calvin Kyle in the back. Kyle, whom Riley had taken into custody on suspicion of riding a stolen motorcycle, was barefoot and had his hands cuffed behind his back when he tried to escape. The shooting left Kyle paralyzed from the waist down.

A federal judge has ordered the city of Albuquerque, N.M., to pay $6 million to the family of a man killed in his backyard by police. The judge ruled police were not acting in self-defense when they beat and shot Christopher Torres.

Seniors at Long Island, N.Y.’s, Roosevelt High School probably wondered why the message their principal had printed in their yearbook’s concluded with “Congratulations to the Albany High School Class of 2013!” The answer is that Principal Steven Strachan lifted the entire message, including that last line, from the message the principal of a high school in California left in the yearbooks of his seniors last year. Strachan refused to answer questions from the media about the message. But in a statement he insisted he had the permission of the California principal to reuse his remarks.

Latino groups in Tennessee aren’t happy with Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks. Brooks and other commissioners tried to delay a contract to re-roof a county building because they didn’t believe the company employed enough minorities, even though the company’s workforce is two-thirds Latino. This led Hispanic Alliance member Pablo Pereya to say that Latinos are a minority group. Brooks responded that she was concerned that blacks who pay taxes get jobs. She quickly added that she wasn’t saying Pereya doesn’t pay taxes. But then added, “You asked to come here. We did not.”

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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