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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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  • 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

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • 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