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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  • Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage

    When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.

    April 18, 2014

  • Successes continue at Dalton State College

    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

  • Mark Millican: The birds hushed their singing

    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014