March 18, 2014

Charles Oliver: Teachers suffer brain freeze, not frostbite

• Kayona Hagen-Tietz suffered frostbite after being forced to stand outside in a wet bathing suit in minus-5 degree weather during a school fire drill in St. Paul, Minn. Kayona was swimming as part of a health class when the fire drill went off. She was rushed out by a teacher and could not get to her locker and get her clothes. Other students, seeing her condition, huddled around her. And one teacher offered her a jacket. But teachers refused to let her get into a car to stay warm because that violated school policy. After 10 minutes, a teacher finally got permission to ignore the policy and put her in a car, but by then she had frostbite on her feet.

• For years, Debbie Nall has opened her home to those in need, from domestic violence victims to the homeless to military families who need a place to stay while relocating. But officials in Lawrence, Kan., are threatening her with big fines if she continues to help people out. They say she’s violating a city ordinance that bars residents in neighborhoods zoned single-family from having more than three unrelated guests in their home during any 90-day period.

• French tattoo artists are protesting a proposed law that would bar them from using most colors of ink. Under the proposed law, tattoo artists could only use black, gray and some shades of blue and green.

• The Charlotte Observer reports that during one four-hour work day recently the Mecklenburg County grand jury heard 276 cases and handed down 276 indictments. “That means the 18 jurors heard evidence, asked questions, weighed whether the charges merit a trial, then voted on the indictments — all at the average rate of one case every 52 seconds,” the paper reports. That has some asking whether the grand jury is really taking the time to do its job properly.

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  • 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