Opinion

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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