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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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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