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.

Text Only
Opinion
  • Library must reach decision soon

    Four months ago the board of the Chatsworth-Murray Library announced it would leave the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System by June 30 of this year, the end of the library system’s fiscal year.

    April 23, 2014

  • Letter: Concert was spectacular

    I believe Dalton achieved its most beautiful moment last April 18, on Thornton Avenue. It occurred in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Dalton.

    April 23, 2014

  • An important part of the fight

    The lawns of Dalton City Hall and the Murray County Courthouse are filled with pinwheels this week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Not just for college students

    It was the seemingly unanswerable question of the campus — and especially the faculty — when I first attended Dalton Junior College in the 1973-74 school year: “Is man inherently good, or inherently evil?”

    April 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Evidence at the last minute or later

    In New York, Bronx County Criminal Court Judge John Wilson has banned prosecutor Megan Teesdale from his court.

    April 22, 2014

  • Misty Watson: Turns out, I’m a millennial

    The word millennial always conjures up this image of a guy wearing skinny jeans, Converse high tops, a plaid button-up shirt, thick-rimmed glasses, a hat, facial hair and a messenger bag slung over his shoulder.

    April 22, 2014

  • Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers

    It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letter Candidate outlines his platform

    To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
    My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.

    April 20, 2014

  • 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