May 22, 2013

Charles Oliver: BB guns are ‘unacceptable’

• New York City police have charged Jack Pawlowski with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest and possession of a BB gun. Several parents complained after seeing Pawlowski and his children playing with a BB pistol in a local park. “I mean, he’s brandishing a firearm and I don’t care if that firearm is plastic. That’s unacceptable,” said Leni Calas, one of the parents upset with Pawlowski.

• Budget cuts and teacher layoffs almost cost Oregon’s Gold Coast High School its band a few years ago, but Lenie Duffy, a former teacher who is now the business manager for Backwoods Home Magazine, stepped forward and took over as band director on a volunteer basis. But the magazine reports that a teachers union filed a complaint about a volunteer filling a position that it believes a paid teacher should have, no matter that the school didn’t have the money for a music teacher. The state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission sided with the union, and the school system canceled the band. Students at the school staged a protest, so the school allowed the band to re-form as an off-campus club with Duffy remaining as director. They’ll still get to perform at school functions and compete in band meets. But they can’t practice on school time and will get no credit for their participation.

• Democrats in the California Assembly are considering a bill that would allow state colleges and universities to award contracts up to $250,000 to small businesses or businesses owned by disabled veterans without putting them up for competitive bids. The bill would also exempt college and university employees from state anti-corruption laws with regard to these contracts. The bill has already passed one committee.

• A report by the United Nations Forestry Department recommends eating termites, grasshoppers and other insects. The report says bugs are high in protein and minerals and contain more healthy fats than many meats. Arnold van Huis, one of the authors of the report, says that in a blind taste test nine out of 10 people preferred meatballs made from mealworms and meat over meatballs made just out of meat.

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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