August 21, 2013

Charles Oliver: LeBron going the other way

• Miami-Dade County Police Department officials say that, after thinking it over, it probably wasn’t a good idea to give NBA player LeBron James an official escort to a Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert. Patrol cars turned on their lights and sirens and drove James the wrong way down a one-way street to get him through heavy traffic so he wouldn’t be late for the concert at Sun Life Stadium.

• Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights has warned city employees that the terms “citizen” and “brown bag” may be offensive. It suggests they use the word “resident” instead of citizen and instead of talking about a “brown bag lunch” say “sack lunch” instead.

• The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Illinois law barring people from recording police officers is unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has declined to overturn that ruling. So that means no one can be prosecuted under that law now, right? Not according to Morgan County prosecutor Robert Bonjean. He says he will continue to decide whether to prosecute people for recording the police on a “case by case” basis.

• Johnathan Montgomery spent four years in prison after being convicted of raping Elizabeth Paige Coast. He was freed only after she admitted she made the story up and lied during his trial. A Virginia judge recently sentenced her for perjury in that case. She’ll spend 60 days in jail, to be served on weekends, and must pay $90,000 to Montgomery.

• For some two decades, Venus DeMars has made her living solely from music, painting and other artistic endeavors. She admits she hasn’t made much money at it, but she still considers herself a professional artist. The Minnesota Department of Revenue disagrees. It says she is a hobbyist and therefore can’t deduct any professional expenses on her income taxes. And it says she owes the state $3,535 because of illegal deductions she made in the past. Among the reasons it cited for saying that she isn’t a professional are that she seems to enjoy her work too much and that the profits from her work aren’t large enough.

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  • 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

  • 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