Opinion

November 7, 2012

Charles Oliver: Simply weeding out the sketchy guys

The New Orleans city attorney’s office has suspended assistant city attorney Jason Cantrell after a marijuana joint allegedly fell out of his pocket in court. Police cited Cantrell for simple possession of marijuana.

One business owner in Des Moines wasn’t happy with all of the security that accompanied a campaign appearance by President Barack Obama on Monday. Raygun, a T-shirt store inside the security perimeter set up by the Secret Service, had a sign on its window saying it did not want the agents in there. “It’s not that there’s anything illegal in here, we just employ several Colombian prostitutes and don’t want to tempt you guys,”  the sign read. That’s a reference to Secret Service agents who were caught earlier soliciting prostitutes in South America and then trying to not pay up.

Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash., says it has no choice but to allow a 45-year-old man to use the women’s locker room at its pool. The pool is also used by a local high school swimming team and a children’s swimming academy, and a 17-year-old girl complained when she saw the man roaming around the locker room and sauna nude. But officials say the man, who is a student at the college, identifies as a woman and state law bars them from discriminating against him on the basis of sexual identity.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is an independent body overseen by the president that is supposed to make sure the federal government doesn’t unduly affect the rights of Americans in the war on terrorism. It met last week. That shouldn’t be news, but it was the first time in five years — and the first time since President Barack Obama took office — that the board has met.

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Opinion
  • 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

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014