December 5, 2012

Charles Oliver: Apparently, politics precedes parenting

A couple in South Yorkshire, England, who weren’t named by the media, had three foster children take from them because they are members of the United Kingdom Independence Party, which opposes British membership in the European Union and supports greater restrictions on immigration. The couple have fostered a dozen children over the past seven years. But the local council recently discovered their membership in the UKIP. Officials said the couple’s support for “racist” policies made them unfit to be foster parents. The couple in question note that they not only have members of other races in their family they have also fostered children of other races.

Alexis Sumpter just wanted to get downtown to her first day on the job in a marketing internship. She’d swiped her MetroCard and was about to board the subway when three plainclothes New York City police officers confronted her and told her she looked too old to be using a student subway pass. When she couldn’t provide any ID, they threw her against a wall, handcuffed her and called her parents. The cops didn’t believe the parents when the told them she was 15. Her mother had to get her birth certificate and show it to them before they released her.

In Great Britain, the Revenue and Customs office has set up lessons for school children on the importance of paying taxes. One of those lessons encourages children to tell their teachers if they suspect anyone they know is trying to evade his taxes.

A federal jury has awarded Karolina Obrycka $850,000 after she was beaten up by off-duty Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate. The jury found a conspiracy involving Abbate and other officers to cover up the crime. Abbate became angry after Obrycka, a bartender, cut him off and tried to keep him from coming behind the bar.

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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