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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  • 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

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014