September 18, 2013

Charles Oliver: It couldn't happen here?

The San Leandro, Calif., City Council has voted to fly the flag of the People’s Republic of China over City Hall on Oct. 1, which is a national holiday in the communist country. Critics note that China is a major human rights violator. But those who support flying the country’s flag say it may help the city attract Chinese investment.

Three years ago, some 350 students helped paint a mural designed by artist Betsy Reid at an elementary school in Lake Oswego, Ore. School officials decided last year to convert the school into a junior high school. As part of the change, new principal Kurt Schultz ordered the mural painted over. Now, following complaints from parents, Schultz says that maybe, just maybe, he should have handled things differently. “I did a little bit of investigation into the history of (the mural), but clearly didn’t investigate far enough,” he said.

The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld a $7,000 fine against Elane Photography, which refused to photograph a same-sex couple’s wedding because the owners oppose gay marriage. The court found the studio violated the state’s Human Rights Act by refusing to serve the couple and that the First Amendment did not protect the studio. If I ever get married, I’m sure I’ll trust someone who is only working for me because of the threat of legal action to take the photos.

Several miners in the area around Chicken, Alaska, say they were frightened when a squad of armored and heavily armed men emerged from the wilderness and began searching their mining claims. It turns out the men were part of a SWAT team from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They were there to make sure the miners weren’t violating the Clean Water Act.

Officials with the Escambia County, Fla., sheriff’s office say they don’t know how many deputies entered a home without a warrant, but Cristina Moses and Travis Nicholas, the occupants of the home, say it was at least six. The deputies stormed into the couple’s bedroom, pulled them from the bed at gunpoint, threw them to the ground and handcuffed them. Then they shot their two dogs. Even though the deputies had no warrant, the sheriff’s office said everything they did was OK. The deputies were looking for a man who assaulted someone nearby, and they claim to have seen an upside down bucket outside an open window in the home. That gave them reason to believe their suspect may have broken into the home, so they say they had every right to break into it themselves.

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  • 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

  • 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