Opinion

February 20, 2013

Charles Oliver: Lawmaker misfires on reading his sponsored bill

Washington state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, says it’s probably unconstitutional to require owners of some semiautomatic firearms to submit to warrantless searches of their homes by their local sheriffs to make sure they are storing those weapons safely. So why is he the prime sponsor of a gun control bill that would allow such searches? Short answer: He didn’t realize it did. “I have to admit that it shouldn’t be in there,” he said. Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, another of the bill’s sponsors, said he also didn’t realize it would permit warrantless searches of homes. “I frankly should have vetted this more closely,” he said. A spokesman for Washington Senate Democrats blamed the provision on staff members and said a new bill would be introduced. Maybe lawmakers will read that bill before introducing it.

Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was almost never seen in public without his pipe. He smoked during speeches, press interviews and campaign rallies. Opponents charged that the pipe was just a prop he used to burnish his fatherly image, and even supporters admit that he preferred cigars when no one was around. Still, Wilson, who served as prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976, almost always had the pipe in public. And that presents a problem for BBC staff producing a new documentary on Wilson. The Daily Telegraph reports that BBC executives have told the producers to avoid showing Wilson with his pipe. The BBC denies the report.

Colin Farmer was walking down the street on his way to his favorite pub in Chorley, England, when he heard someone screaming at him and felt a thump on his back. Farmer, who is blind, fell to the ground in pain and felt someone pulling his arms behind his back and handcuffing him. He'd just been Tased by a police officer who had mistaken his cane for a sword.

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    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.

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  • "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.

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    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

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    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
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    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