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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  • 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