January 28, 2014

Charles Oliver: Official proclamation: No time for ‘fans’

• Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop was on hand to greet the Denver Broncos as they arrived at their hotel before the Super Bowl. The plan was for him to shake hands with John Elway, Denver’s executive vice president of football operations and a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Broncos, and read an official proclamation. But when he stepped forward to greet Elway, the team’s media director stepped between then and told Fulop that Elway didn’t have time to talk to fans — he had to meet the mayor.

• Santa Cruz, Calif., prosecutors have charged Brian Criswell with 16 counts of child molestation. Criswell allegedly molested two children he met while working as a court-appointed child welfare advocate.

• The European Union awarded Stilton cheese “protected geographical indication status,” which means anything called Stilton cheese must be prepared only in certain locations, namely Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England. This means Stilton cheese made in the village of Stilton cannot be called Stilton cheese. That has the residents of Stilton cheesed off.

• Two years ago, against the wishes of teachers, officials at Auckland, New Zealand’s Swanson Primary School abolished almost all rules for recess. They thought that health and safety concerns had stopped children from being active. Well, they are certainly active now, climbing trees, playing tag and red rover, skateboarding, playing in a pit filled with pieces of wood, old tires and a fire hose. Officials admit it looks like chaos on the playground, but they say they are actually having to stop fewer disputes since they got rid of the rules. They also say that children are better behaved in the classroom and there are fewer reports of bullying.

• After her ex-husband killed their son and then himself, officials in Essex, Vt., had Christina Schumacher involuntarily committed to a mental institution for five weeks, allegedly for her own protection. Schumacher and her friends insist she was never a danger to herself, and the confinement was done without a judge’s order. After her attorney was finally able to get a judge to review the confinement order, she was freed. But the hospital is reportedly trying to bill her for her stay.

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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