May 20, 2014

Graduation not an ending but a beginning

College graduations are winding down or are over but high school graduations in Whitfield and Murray counties are getting underway.

For students, earning that long-sought diploma can mean a lot of things. Completing their high school education represents a lot of hard work and dedication and it should make them feel confident they can take that next step. For some, that means going to college. For others, it means entering the workforce, preferably in a field of their choice.

And for their families — parents, children, siblings, other relatives — the milestone is a memory to treasure. They will have seen their loved one complete the cycle — from kindergarten through middle school and then high school.

To help preserve that memory, The Daily Citizen is publishing its annual Salute to Graduates supplement in Thursday’s edition. This annual special section is a big undertaking. There are hundreds of senior photos involved to be collected, processed and placed.

Many thanks go out to the dedicated counselors and others at the schools who understand the relevance of this tribute and get all the information and photos together and delivered to us.

But back to the graduations. Yes, today’s seniors are walking into an economy just gradually improving and a world rife with peril, political scandals and war and threats of war. But there is also much for which to be hopeful, not the least of which is they can change our world for the better.

To all of you who will put on a cap and gown and walk across a stage, whether it’s at the trade center or at a school’s football field or gym, we trust you are prepared to begin your “real” lives.

So cheers to the graduates — and their families — on getting to this day.


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    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