December 10, 2013

Charles Oliver: Too depressed for the United States?

Ellen Richardson wants to know how U.S. customs officials knew she’d been hospitalized for depression last year. Richardson was supposed to fly from Toronto to New York to board a ship for a Caribbean cruise. But agents blocked her from entering the United States, citing her hospitalization.

Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, someone sent an email to the managing editor of Antiwar.com threatening to hack the site and take it down. The editor reported the threat to the FBI, which did not respond to his report but did immediately begin spying on Antiwar.com. According to documents uncovered by The Guardian, a British newspaper, the FBI spied on the site and people who worked for it for six years.

Officials in Richmond, Calif., have banned any firms that do business with the city from inquiring about the criminal records of most job applicants.

Police in Northumbria, England, have arrested a man, who wasn’t named by media, for having a tattoo of a mosque with the word “boom” on it on his abdomen. He was charged with suspicion of stirring up racial hatred.

The New York Times reports that the state rarely fires health care workers who have been found to have abused or threatened disabled patients or co-workers. The paper found that just 23 percent of workers that have been recommended for job termination after a finding of abuse are actually fired. The paper says the reasons so few are ultimately fired are an arbitration process that favors employees, a permissive attitude by state officials and the fact that the workers’ unions aggressively defend them, even opposing a law that requires abuse reports to be made available to family members of abused patients.

An internal investigation by the DeSoto County, Fla., sheriff’s office found that a jailer repeatedly beat an inmate while other officers watched. Those officers did nothing to stop the beatings and did not report them. The investigation quotes one officer as saying he did not report the abuse because he is not a “snitch.” The FBI is reportedly investigating the case, and the inmate has filed paperwork to sue the sheriff’s office.

The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $38,500 to two brothers who claim they were targeted as bank robbery suspects by a police officer upset after he saw one of the brothers flirting with his ex-girlfriend. Under the settlement, the city made no admission of liability, and the officer was cleared of any wrongdoing by a police department internal investigation.

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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