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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  • 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

  • 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