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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  • 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

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014