Opinion

April 9, 2014

Charles Oliver: Police pull guns on tree fort builders

— • Police in Henry County say they are investigating whether officers were justified in pulling their guns on some pre-teen boys who were building a tree fort in a wooded area near the subdivision they live in. A neighbor had called 911 to report the boys. The neighbor’s husband says she only did so because she was concerned about the boys. “There were falling hazards, tripping hazards, all types of hazards,” the man said. Yeah, because dozens of boys die each year playing in the woods. The man says it was “shocking” that the cops pulled guns on the boys. None of the boys was arrested.

• Canada’s top broadcast regulator has warned three adult movie channels that their schedules don’t offer enough Canadian content. National law requires them to offer 8.5 hours of product made in Canada during each 24-hour broadcast schedule. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission has also warned the channels they need to start close-captioning their movies for hearing-impaired viewers. The channels face penalties if they don’t comply.

• U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., has asked for forgiveness from “God, my wife, my kids, my staff and my constituents” after leaked security footage from his office showed him making out with one of his aides. In addition to being an employee, the woman is also reportedly the wife of a childhood friend. McAllister was elected last year in a special election after campaigning on family values and being endorsed by members of the “Duck Dynasty” Robertson family.

• The Chicago Police Department has been chronically underreporting some violent crimes for years. An internal audit found the department did not include about a quarter of all aggravated assaults and aggravated batteries in the statistics it sent to state and federal officials in 2012. The audit found that cops ignored guidelines that call on them to report each victim. Instead, they reported each incident, leading to an undercount when incidents involved multiple victims. Department officials said they have been reporting their numbers that way for many years. A prior report had found the department was dramatically underreporting the number of shootings in the city for much the same reason, reporting shooting incidents instead of victims.

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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