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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  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014

  • Guest column: Blevins supporter questions Wilbanks

    I support David Blevins in his campaign to be elected Conasauga Circuit Superior Court Judge on Tuesday, July 22. First, please get out and vote. Have a say in your local government.

    July 19, 2014

  • Citizens of the Week: Pleasant Grove Fire Station, Charles Crump

    Imagine this: One normal Thursday, you make preparations to bake a few dozen apple muffins for friends and neighbors, as you have countless times before. You bake the first batch without a hitch. Then, after you’ve placed the second batch in the oven, a loud noise sounds, your smoke alarm starts blaring, and your entire kitchen is full of smoke.

    July 18, 2014

  • A tournament to be proud of

    The scene Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park looked similar to one we see each fall on Friday nights around northwest Georgia.

    July 17, 2014

  • Still time to vote early

    Summertime, and the living is hectic.

    July 15, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Down with the berry picking blues

    It was there, and then it wasn’t — and Mr. Gravity took over.

    July 15, 2014