Opinion

February 18, 2014

Charles Oliver: Firefighters, police on opposing sides

• Chula Vista, Calif., firefighter Jacob Gregoire was busy checking an overturned car for victims when a California Highway Patrol officer demanded he move a fire engine he said was blocking traffic. Firefighters intentionally block traffic to protect themselves and others at automobile wreck scenes, so Gregoire said he’d have to check with his captain before moving the truck. That, apparently, wasn’t the answer the state trooper was looking for. He handcuffed Gregoire and put him in the back seat of his patrol car. He didn’t release Gregoire until supervisors from both agencies met at the crash site to resolve the matter.

• The United States plummeted 13 places from last year to rank at just 46 in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index. Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg and Andorra top the index. The group blamed the Obama administration’s efforts to identify and punish whistleblowers for America’s declining press freedoms.

• The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee approved all of the new science standards proposed by the state school board. Well, all but one. Committee members refused to approve a proposed standard that says students should be taught that evolution occurs primarily through natural selection.

• New York City police detective Edwin Vargas has pleaded guilty to hiring hackers to steal the user names and passwords for the email accounts of at least 30 individuals, including at least 20 current or former police officers. He has also pleaded guilty to accessing a law enforcement databank to obtain information on at least two police officers.

• The federal government collected personal information on almost 5,000 people and distributed it to almost 30 different agencies. The information was on people who were the customers of two men who teach people to beat polygraph tests, sometimes called lie detector tests. Those tests are not scientific and are considered so unreliable that they generally can’t be used in court as evidence against those accused of a crime. So, of course, the federal government relies on them heavily in hiring people for many sensitive jobs. But many of the people it collected information on aren’t government employees. None have been charged with a crime, and many did not undergo any actual training on beating a polygraph, they just bought a book on the subject.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    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.

    July 30, 2014

  • "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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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