Opinion

February 25, 2014

Charles Oliver: Guilty of gruesome grammar

• The New York Post blasted Manhattan’s Murry Bergtraum High School as a “fail factory” that was passing students who had failed to grasp the material in their courses. Administrators responded by urging students to write the newspaper to complain. Bad move. The Post reports that almost every letter it received was filled with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. For instance, one student wrote, “Us as New York City Students deserve respect and encouragement. We are the future of New York City and for some students, The future of the country.” Another wrote, “To deeply criticize a program that has helped many students especially seniors to graduate I should not see no complaints.”



• In the United Kingdom, the Royal College of General Practitioners says one in 10 patients are unable to see a general practitioner or practice nurse when they need to. They forecast that will translate into 34 million unsuccessful attempts to schedule an appointment with a doctor or nurse this year alone, an increase of 3.4 million unsuccessful attempts from 2013.

• Academic publisher Springer and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers say they will remove more than 120 papers from electronic databases of scholarly articles they operate. A French researcher found that the papers are nothing more than computer-generated gibberish. Yet somehow they were published as part of the proceedings of academic conferences.

• U.S. Rep. John Dingell Jr., D-Mich., has announced he will not seek re-election to a 30th term in Congress this year. Dingell has served in the House of Representatives since 1955. He was elected to fill the seat his father had held for more than 20 years before his death. Dingell’s wife Debbie is considered the front-runner to replace him.

• Christopher Roupe, 17, heard a knock at the door of his Euharlee home. When he opened the door, he was shot in the chest. The bullet killed him. Roupe wasn’t shot by a home invader but by a Euharlee police officer with a warrant for his father. Officials say the officer thought Roupe had a gun in his hand. But neighbors who ran to the scene after hearing the shot say the boy was actually holding a Wii game controller.

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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