January 21, 2014

Charles Oliver: No freedom to stretch on long stretch of road

• Queensland, Australia, police gave Jake Sloman a $146 ticket for taking one foot off the footrest of his motorcycle while riding on the Logan Motorway. Sloman says he was just stretching his leg, something that even police commissioner Ian Stewart admits doing while riding a motorcycle. But Sloman is still stuck with the ticket.

• Lucy Emmerson, coordinator of the United Kingdom’s Sex Education Forum, says parents should not urge children to kiss relatives they don’t want to, even if it’s just giving granny a peck on the cheek. She says this sends the message that children are not in charge of their own bodies, blurs the boundaries of what is acceptable physical contact and could make them more vulnerable to sexual exploitation. She suggests that children be taught to high five or even wave at relatives.

• The University of Colorado-Denver placed Resa Cooper-Morning, the cultural diversity coordinator in its Ethnic Studies department, on leave after finding she was offering phone sex services, possibly during hours she was supposed to be working for the school. Now, a local TV station claims she was also operating a website offering her services as an escort. Again, the hours she said she was available include hours she was supposed to be working for the university. But university officials said they could find no proof she engaged in criminal activity nor any evidence that she actually operated her “outside businesses” on school time, so she will remain employed by the school.

• Toronto, Ontario, father Tony Perfetto says he’s been reduced to sending his first-grade daughter to school with just a simple jelly sandwich for lunch. That’s because the school bans peanuts and peanut products, tree nuts, eggs, sesame seeds, melon and all dairy products because one or more students claim to be allergic to them, and the list seems to grow each year. But now some parents are beginning to question whether local school officials have gone too far in banning foods.

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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