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.

Text Only
  • 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

  • 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