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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  • 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

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014