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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  • Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers

    It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.

    April 20, 2014

  • Letter Candidate outlines his platform

    To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
    My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.

    April 20, 2014

  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014