December 25, 2013

Charles Oliver: It couldn't happen here?

Some parents of students at New York’s RJO Intermediate School were upset with a recent performance by the school’s fifth-grade choir. Specifically, they didn’t like the choir director’s decision to rewrite the lyrics to “Silent Night” to remove all references to a deity, including mentions of a holy infant Christ the Savior, Jesus and Lord. They say the choir either should have sung the song as written or omitted it entirely.

Finland’s highest court has ruled that police didn’t break the law when they added a website criticizing government censorship to a list of sites ISPs must block. The website has criticized the government’s efforts to block child porn, saying that not all of the sites it blocks contain child porn, that the process used to determine whether to block sites is secret and not open to public review, and that the government will not even release a list of sites it has blocked.

Former Cook County, Ill., sheriff’s deputy Sam Spino has been sentenced to one month in jail for stealing from tenants while evicting them. Numerous tenants filed complaints against Spino. But it took six years for the sheriff’s office to reach out to the FBI. They set in place a sting that caught Spino taking $1,100 in rolled up bills from a tenant he was sent to evict.

While many employers drug test new hires, an increasing number of Florida counties are also testing them for nicotine. Flagler County, for instance, is requiring new employees to sign an affidavit that they have not smoked in the last year and a pledge that they will not smoke in the future, as well as testing them for nicotine. Officials there and in other counties say they hope to cut their health insurance costs.

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    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Citizen of the Week: Jonathan Rose

    Running for exercise is a popular hobby among many local residents, but at least one racing enthusiast plans to take his fun a step further today.

    April 11, 2014