May 1, 2013

Charles Oliver: Students profiled, interrogated

* The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the Salt Lake, Utah, police and the Salt Lake school system on behalf of Kevin Winston and his son Kaleb. Kaleb was among about 40 black, Hispanic and Pacific Islander students who were interrogated and searched at West High School without being allowed to contact their parents. The interrogations were part of a gang sweep, and Kaleb says he was forced to hold a sign that read “gang tagger” while being photographed.

* Steven Boibeaux says a worksheet his son got at school is more than a little inaccurate. The worksheet, titled “The Second Amendment Today,” was passed out by a social studies teacher in Connecticut’s Northeast Middle School, and it claims that “The courts have consistently determined that the Second Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms.” It also says “The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.” And it says the Second Amendment “only provides the right of a state to keep an armed National Guard.” School system officials refused to answer any questions about the worksheet other than to say it is no longer being used.

* A city inspector in St. Paul, Minn., issued a warning to Lynden’s soda shop. The shop features retro snacks and candies but some of the treats are apparently just a little too old-fashioned. The inspector threatened the shop’s owner with a $500 fine if she didn’t get rid of the candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars and bubble gum shredded to look like chewing tobacco. St. Paul has a law banning tobacco-themed candies as well as lighters with cartoon characters on them.

* About 230 people at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently took part in a “Humans vs. Zombies” role-playing game in which a team of zombies tried to tag members of a team of humans. The humans, in turn, could fight off the zombies with Nerf guns. Apparently, some students or faculty at Wisconsin can’t tell the difference between a Nerf gun and a real gun, since police twice responded to reports of people carrying guns. A police spokesman blamed those playing the game for wasting police resources.

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  • Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers

    It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letter Candidate outlines his platform

    To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
    My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.

    April 20, 2014

  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

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

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    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

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    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

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    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