Opinion

May 15, 2013

Charles Oliver: Lock picking for dummies?

• Burglaries rose 40 percent last year in Oakland, Calif. Maybe that’s why some residents were upset to find that Mayor Jean Quan had highlighted an upcoming lock picking class in one of the newsletters she sends out to residents.

• The Oregon Education Association has asked state lawmakers to remove a requirement that any measure that would increase property taxes be marked on envelopes containing election ballots. Union officials say it’s unfair to single out property taxes and, in any event, if voters read the ballots they’ll know when they are voting on a tax increase. Critics say union officials just want to make it easier to increase taxes.

• Earlier this year, computer programmer Aaron Swartz committed suicide. Swartz was facing federal charges for illegally downloading articles from academic journals. He faced 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines. Now, a federal judge has barred his family from releasing court documents in the case. Judge Nathaniel Gorton has ruled that release of the documents could endanger officials at MIT if people learn about the role they played in Swartz’s prosecution.

• Homestead, Penn., police officer Ronald DePellegrin admits that he allowed an alleged prostitute to perform oral sex on him before arresting her. The woman’s attorney calls DePellegrin’s actions unacceptable. But the local district attorney says the officer did nothing that would keep the case from moving forward.

• Meanwhile, Lake County, Ill., sheriff’s deputy Eric Francke has been charged with obstruction of justice and solicitation of a sex act after he allegedly solicited a prostitute. Maybe he should have just said he was doing an undercover prostitution sting.

• And in a change of pace, Baltimore police officer Lamin Mawnneh has been charged with  human trafficking and prostitution after he was caught allegedly pimping his wife out. An undercover officer allegedly answered an online ad placed by the couple, and met them at a motel where the wife said she would have sex with him for $100. No word on whether that officer actually had sex with her before arresting them.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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