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Education Matters: Rising to Drayman's defense

April 14, 2011|By Dan Kimber

Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.

Now that the election is over and we columnists are free to speak our minds, I have a few things that I’d like to say, starting with the absentee balloting that has become the heavily favored method of voting by our local electorate.

Putting aside the fact that the integrity of the voting booth is compromised when the secrecy of votes no longer is guaranteed, it is a sad commentary on our community that we have largely abandoned a long-standing tradition of voting in person.

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Whenever a voting authority accepts a mail ballot, it foregoes the guarantees inherent in the process of in-person voting, including confirming the identity of the voter and assuring that the voter is afforded the anonymity of the voting booth.

Absentee voting was intended for people who physically can’t make it to the polls on voting day. It has turned into, at best, a convenience for people too lazy to vote in person.

Congratulations to Mary Boger and Nayiri Nahabedian for retaining their seats on the Board of Education. Hopefully, Nahabedian will not be unduly influenced by the approximately $41,000 spent by the Glendale Teacher’s Assn. political action committee on her and Ingrid Gunnel. It would also be nice if she would refrain from seeking higher office, as she did in her previous term, while serving on the school board. Thus far, she has not given that assurance, leaving some to question her commitment in the next four years to the children of Glendale.

Finally, I want to address the election for Glendale City Council and the events leading up to it, particularly the aspersions cast upon Councilman John Drayman. I will say at the outset that I am slightly prejudiced, having formed a favorable opinion of this man years ago. I join a very large chorus of voices wanting to rise to his defense, not to cover over or cover up, but to see that his side of the story is told. Some of us have been left wanting in this regard, given the headlines that have suggested impropriety and a few local voices that have gone so far as to charge criminal culpability on his part.

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