Opinion

June 12, 2013

Charles Oliver: Drug seizure funds squandered

• Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has used thousands of dollars in drug seizure funds to throw office parties, make church donations, buy football tickets, give money to a lawyers’ group that inducted him into its hall of fame and buy display cases for shoes worn by NBA player Dwight Howard, his nephew. Howard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the spending helped fight crime and was within guidelines. The newspaper noted that even as Howard was spending that money he was warning county commissioners that he might have to lay off prosecutors if they cut his budget. The General Assembly earlier this year considered a bill that would tighten reporting requirements for drug seizure funds. Of course, it didn’t even make it to the floor of either chamber for a vote.

• The Selinsgrove, Pa., zoning board has unanimously ordered J.C. Carlson to tear down a partially built treehouse at his home. Carlson had started the treehouse as a birthday present for his daughter but was stopped by code enforcement officers. Officials say the treehouse violates local zoning laws. Why do zoning officials hate children?

• A teacher at Chase Lake Elementary School in Edmonds, Wash., asked students to bring Nerf guns for a demonstration in a math class. School officials suspended every student who took part in the experiment for violating the district’s “zero tolerance” policy on bringing weapons to school. No word on whether the teacher received any punishment.

• New York City recently began a bike sharing program. City officials left bicycles at more than 300 locations for people to borrow briefly and return. If you picked the day before the program actually began as the day when the first bike would be stolen, give yourself a hand.

• Officials with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) suspended supervisor Kevin Graney after they learned he’d been driving agency vehicles for five years with a suspended license. He reportedly had his license suspended after being caught driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. Graney, a 20-year MBTA employee, later retired.

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  • 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

  • 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