The soap opera that is shredding for the City of Dallas is not over yet. Judge Clay Jenkins has worked to keep convicted criminals from handling the sensitive documents the city needs to destroy. But he hasn’t been able to finish the job because he can’t get votes for the move from commissioners John Wiley Price, Elba Garcia and Mike Cantrell.
What still makes this such an entertaining story is trying to figure out why anyone would want sensitive information in the hands of criminals. You would never find a shredding company that would hire someone who couldn’t pass a background check. It is a basic step for security. If the documents were not important they would just be recycled in whole sheet.
And why the stubbornness to leave the work as part of the community service program. Does this mean there is not a single piece of trash left in the entire Dallas County that they couldn’t pick up. There is not a single weed in a county park? There is not a single fence that could use a coat of paint. Moving this work to less sensitive areas seems to be quite reasonable.
So would the three commissioners like the criminals handling their sensitive information? I am guessing they would be very upset to learn that they are exposed to identity theft. It is a shame they don’t have the same concern for their constituents.
So three cheers to John Wiley Price, Elba Garcia and Mike Cantrell. They are the first politicians who think that running on a platform of more identity theft for everyone is the winning platform. But watching the story they are just putting petty politics ahead of the job they were elected to perform.