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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  • 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

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014