October 23, 2013

Charles Oliver: Making government work look easy

• I’m not sure how any of America’s top elected officials spent their weekend. But Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott put in a 14-hour shift battling wildfires. Abbott has been a volunteer firefighter for 13 years and when his brigade was called up to help battle fires that have already consumed more than 100,000 acres in New South Wales, he suited up like all the other members. The public found out only later, after some snapshots of the firefighters were posted online and people recognized Abbott. Brigade Capt. Trent Dowling bristled at suggestions that Abbot’s firefighting was a publicity stunt, noting that the work was difficult and dangerous. “Anyone who bags him for pulling on the uniform and thinks it is a picture opportunity, I would suggest they do the course and join the brigade and come and see what we do,” he said. When not battling fires and running the national government, Abbott is also a volunteer surf lifesaver.

• Greenville County, S.C., Schools officials suspended Rhett Parham, a special needs middle school student, for taking a drawing of a bomb to school.

• Officials at the Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois were supposed to transfer Walter Redawn Dixon to a federal prison to serve a 16-year sentence for drug conspiracy. Instead, they released him. Dixon warned a guard they were making a mistake. But he said the guard just told him to shut up and forced him to spend his final hours in the prison in “the hole.” “He was damn rude to me,” Dixon said of the guard.

• German author Ilija Trojanov claims he was barred from entering the United States for an academic conference. Trojanov says he was given no reason but he believes it is because he has spoken out against National Security Agency spying.

• Officials at Arizona’s Entz Elementary School asked police officer Scott Urkov not to wear his uniform and firearm if he comes to school again. Urkov got a call from the school after he dropped his daughter off one day. The principal said that other parents were upset when they saw an armed officer at the school.

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  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014