Opinion

March 6, 2013

Charles Oliver: An overreaction to Pop-Tart ‘art’

• Officials at Maryland’s Park Elementary School suspended Josh Welch, 7, for biting his Pop Tart into the shape of a gun. Well, they say it was a gun. Josh insists he was trying to make it look like a mountain. In any event, according to a letter they sent home to parents, he “used food to make an inappropriate gesture.” That letter also informed parents that counselors were available to any students troubled by the event.

• In Ambridge, Pa., a receptionist at a local dentist’s office called Travis Clawson to remind him of an appointment. She got his voice mail, which seemed to say something about shooting at a school, so she called police. In turn, they called the local schools and had them all locked down. Police finally found Clawson, at school, hauled him out at gun point and searched his locker. They didn’t find any weapons, but they did discover that his phone’s voice mail message has the theme song from the TV show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which contains the line “shooting some b-ball outside the school.”

• Four years ago, the Oregon Legislature created a databank to track drugs filled by pharmacies in that state. The databank was supposed to help doctors and pharmacists spot signs of drug abuse and help prevent overdoses, so lawmakers mandated that law enforcement could not access the databank without a warrant. But the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) believes that law does not apply to it. It has repeatedly filed administrative subpoenas, which do not require a judge to find probable cause, to access the databank. The state has now taken the DEA to court to require it to obtain warrants if it wants to access the databank.

• Parents of some children at Colorado’s Mission Viejo Elementary School were outraged to receive a letter from Principal Andre Pearson telling them that whites would not be allowed in a new after-school tutoring program. When local media asked about the program, Pearson refused to talk. But a district spokesman said the principal had made a mistake and the program would be open to all students.

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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.

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  • "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