Opinion

April 3, 2013

Charles Oliver: What if only criminals can have umbrellas?

• Michael Di Marzo had just finished some errands and was walking to his Olympia, Wash., home when he noticed the helicopter overhead. It almost seemed to be following him. In fact, it was following him. Police showed up later at his home, telling him that someone had reported that a man in a black ski mask carrying an assault rifle had been seen near a school. Officials put three nearby schools on partial lockdown, and police quickly pegged Di Marzo as the man the person described. But it turns out the black ski mask was just a watch cap, and the assault rifle was the 15-inch umbrella Di Marzo had been carrying.

• Nova Scotia, Canada, officials have banned 2,966 words from personalized license plates. The ban includes many curse words and sexual terms. But it also includes “Allah,” “God” and “Jesus.”

• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has asked the state attorney general to investigate the Department of Youth and Family Services. Two DYFS agents and local police in tactical gear visited the Carney Point home of Shawn Moore demanding to see his firearms after Moore posted a photo of his 11-year-old son Josh holding a .22-caliber rifle on Facebook. Josh has a state hunting license. When police officers admitted they had no warrant, Moore told them to leave his house. But Moore says one of the DYFS agents threatened to take his children if he didn’t cooperate. Christie says he wants to see if the agents or the police officers violated any laws.

• Meanwhile, Jersey City, N.J., Assemblyman Charles Mainor has come under criticism for two “likes” on his Facebook page. Mainor, a Democrat, liked “Big Booty Freaks” and “You Got Knocked the ---- Out.” The latter features videos of people getting knocked out, and the former, well, you can probably guess. When questioned by local media, Mainor at first denied liking the pages, then admitted that he did. But he said the only reason anyone was making an issue of it is because of his strong support for gun control.

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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

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