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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  • 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

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014