Opinion

July 31, 2013

Charles Oliver: List of gun victims was criminal

• Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an anti-gun group headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has apologized for including the names of criminals in a list of victims of gun violence. Problems with the list first surfaced during a gun control rally in New Hampshire, where activists read the names of those killed with guns since the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Many people in the audience began to boo when the name of Tamerlan Tsarnaez, one of the men accused in the Boston marathon bombing, was read. Critics later went through the list and found it was full of criminals, including people guilty of multiple homicides and of killing police officers.

• Mecklenburg County, N.C., commissioner Kim Ratliff said she does not want commissioners there to choose a white male to be the next county manager. Ratliff, a Democrat, says the county needs a “nonwhite male who can have good working relations with all people.” Ratliff later said that all she meant is that she wants “all types of people to apply” for the job.

• The U.S. Department of Justice has released a “roll call” of federal marshals killed and posse members killed in the line of duty. At least two of those individuals, in fact the second and third names on the list, are men killed by free blacks and abolitionist whites while trying to capture escaped slaves.

• Milwaukee police officer Carl V. Howell has been sentenced to one year probation and fired from the department after pleading guilty to taking money from a convenience store. Howell took about $200 from a drawer filled with cash after responding to a report of a burglary at the store. He said he did it because he was behind on his rent.

• A federal judge has ruled that Cape Girardeau police officer Matthew Peters violated the constitutional rights of Frank L. Snider III when he arrested Snider for flag desecration. The judge awarded Snider $7,000, declared Missouri’s flag desecration law unconstitutional and ordered that it not be enforced, and ordered Peters and the state to pay Snider $62,000 in attorneys fees and other costs.

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  • 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

  • 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