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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    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.

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  • "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.

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  • 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