April 10, 2013

Charles Oliver: Police officer steals prescription drugs

• Former Vernal, Utah, police officer Ben Marland Murray has been charged with unlawful use of a drug database and possession of a controlled substance. Murray allegedly used a state prescription drug database to find out when two individuals had their prescriptions filled. He then visited them to conduct “pill checks” and stole OxyContin and Percocet pills.

• Daniel Doty got a ticket generated from a Baltimore traffic camera for doing 38 mph in a 25-mph zone. But the video and the photographs generated by the camera showed he wasn’t speeding. In fact, his car was sitting at a red light. Officials with the company that issued the ticket and with the Baltimore Police Department say the video and photos are supposed to be reviewed at least twice, once by the company and once by a police officer, before a ticket is issued. They could not explain to local media how a car that was not even moving got a speeding ticket.

• A poll by Gallup finds that 29.2 percent of all adult residents of the District of Columbia who have jobs work for the government. That isn’t surprising. But two states come pretty close to that percentage. Gallup reports that 28 percent of working adults in Alaska work for state, federal or local government, and 27.8 percent of working adults in Hawaii work for some level of government. Nationally, 16.2 percent of working adults work for the government. In Georgia, that number is 17.8 percent.

• U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is married to former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. Chao is an immigrant from Taiwan, something that Progress Kentucky, a liberal political action committee, really wants voters in the Bluegrass State to know. Messages posted from the group’s Twitter account claimed that “not many know McConnell’s wife is Chinese” and said Chinese money was buying Kentucky elections, an apparent reference to members of her family donating to McConnell’s campaign, among other references to her ethnicity. After national media picked up the story, the group denied that the references to her ethnicity were inappropriate and accused McConnell of trying to distract from his record. But they eventually apologized and removed the tweets.

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  • 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

  • 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