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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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    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.

    July 30, 2014

  • "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.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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