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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  • 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