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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  • 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