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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  • 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