February 13, 2013

Charles Oliver: No happy birthday wish for you

Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council has proposed the government ban children in day care centers from blowing out candles on birthday cakes. Council members say blowing out candles spreads germs. They recommended that if children insist on blowing out candles they be given a cupcake with a candle to blow out.

A state audit has found California school systems have been dipping into funds meant to provide meals for low-income students and spending that money elsewhere. The biggest offender was the Los Angeles Unified School District, which used about $159 million in school lunch money to pay for things such as lawn sprinklers and the salaries of employees at a TV station it runs.

Customs officials nabbed Robin Hall when she returned to the United States following a Caribbean cruise. They had checked the ship’s passenger list against federal databases and found she’d never completed the 50 hours of community service she’d been sentenced to for a 1991 misdemeanor theft conviction. She ended up spending seven days in a Florida jail. I feel so much safer.

Donald Settle, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S Army, is suing the Louisville, Ky., police department for assault and wrongful detention. Settle, who has a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars, suffered a brain injury from an attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Because of that, he has difficulty speaking. Settle says he was in a local mall shopping when officers approached him and told him the mall did not allow panhandling. Settle says he was dressed in a sweatshirt and sweat pants and the officers must have mistaken him for a homeless man. He said he tried to explain who he was and why he was there, but the officers pushed him to the ground, handcuffed him and threatened to Taser him.

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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