October 16, 2013

Charles Oliver: School officials toss penalty flag on Confederate covering


• Miami, Fla., police officer Malinsky Bazile has been found guilty in federal court of using police databases to commit identity theft. Bazile stole the identities of 1,000 people and used them to collect fraudulent income tax refunds.

• Also in Florida, Anne Packham, one of the federally funded health care navigators who are supposed to help people sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, has admitted she gave some wrong information to local media and the public. Packham had told an Orlando TV station that people who wanted to buy health insurance on the exchange would need to provide their credit scores. When confronted with her error, Packham would not explain how she made the mistake.

• The London Fire Brigade is asking the public not to call 999, England’s equivalent to 911, unless they have an emergency. Officials say that some of the non-emergency calls they have received are a man asking them to get his son’s shoe off the roof of their house, a woman who accidentally threw her dentures at a pair of dogs while trying to break up their fighting, a woman who spotted a fox in her garden, and an au pair who couldn’t close a window and didn’t want to disturb the family she worked for.

Charles Oliver is a staff writer for The Daily Citizen.

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    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