September 25, 2013

Charles Oliver: Is free speech in the Constitution?

• Modesto Junior College blocked a student from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day. Officials told Robert Van Tuinen he could pass out the Constitution only in a very restricted “free speech” area and only after reserving it several days in advance.

• The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department can’t find an M-16 rifle it got from a military surplus program. The department sent an internal email urging deputies to “turn over EVERY rock” to find the rifle. The department has been barred from receiving any more surplus equipment until it accounts for the weapon.

• British officials have fined the Tesco supermarket chain £300,000 (about $480,000) for improperly advertising strawberries. Tesco had advertised a 400-gram container of strawberries at “half off” at £1.99 (about $3.18) with the original price of £3.99 (about $6.38) marked out. But one customer — one — complained she’d never actually seen the strawberries priced at £3.99 and thought that was deceitful. The company admitted it had only briefly sold the strawberries for £3.99 and had sold them at £1.99 much longer.

• Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough says he doesn’t want to but he’s selling the home he has lived in for the past 28 years because he can no longer afford the property taxes. McCullough, who has lived in Egg Harbor Township for 39 years, says he hopes to find another home in the city.

• An off-duty police officer forcibly removed Robert Small from a Towson, Md., meeting on national Common Core education standards. Small’s crime? Asking a question out of turn during the question and answer part of a presentation by the state Department of Education. The officer charged Small with disturbing a school activity and assaulting a police officer (apparently because Small pulled away when the officer, who wasn’t in a police uniform, grabbed him). After local and national media picked up the story, local prosecutors dropped all charges against Small.

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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