January 30, 2013

Charles Oliver: Motivated man handles work of two people

Barnett Jones resigned earlier this month from his post as administrator of public safety in Flint, Mich. His resignation came after the Detroit Free Press revealed that he was also working as head of security for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The paper asked how Jones could be working two full-time jobs in cities 70 miles apart. Jones, who was earning a combined $273,750 for the two jobs, said he worked hard in both jobs. The paper noted that his supervisors in both cities had given him high marks, though officials in Flint say they were not aware he was working a second job.

Candida Guttierez, a Houston elementary school teacher, first discovered that an illegal alien had stolen her identity almost 12 years ago. Benita Cardona-Gonzalez, a Mexican national, used Guttierez’s name and Social Security number to open credit accounts, apply for food stamps, get a mortgage and obtain a driver’s license. But when Guttierez reported the problem and tried to get a new Social Security number, Cardona-Gonzalez claimed she was the one whose identity had been stolen. The Social Security Administration believed Cardona-Gonzalez and issued her a new number. Guttierez finally convinced authorities she was the one whose identity had been stolen, and earlier this month, Cardona-Gonzalez pleaded guilty to possession of fraudulent identification documents. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

British tax officials have the legal right to know what websites taxpayers look at, and the time and date of emails, text messages and phone calls and other “communications data.” And they have no qualms about using that power. The Daily Telegraph reports tax officials looked at 14,400 pieces of data last year.

Michelle Dunaj has terminal leukemia, and she says she doesn’t want other passengers to go through what she went through when flying from Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport to Hawaii. She says a Transportation Security Administration agent forced open one of her saline bags, contaminating it. Then, she says, agents refused her request for a private screening and forced her to lift her skirt and pull back bandages over her feeding tubes as other passengers looked on.

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    For the uninitiated, that line is from what many consider the greatest rock song of all time, “Stairway to Heaven,” by Led Zeppelin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

    You may be one of the many Americans who will rush to file their income taxes today. But you may not yet have earned enough money to pay all of the taxes that will be imposed on you this year.

    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014

  • Citizen of the Week: Jonathan Rose

    Running for exercise is a popular hobby among many local residents, but at least one racing enthusiast plans to take his fun a step further today.

    April 11, 2014

  • Community champions make world a better place

    We sometimes think a good community is one with attractive buildings, well-kept homes and beautiful parks. But buildings, homes and parks, no matter how attractive, don’t make a community. People do.

    April 10, 2014