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A step backward for non-English speakers
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on Sep 9, 2006
I'm dismayed to read that the enviromentalists pushing a land-use measure on the November ballot, led by councilman Peter Drekmeier, didn't think it was important to print election materials in Spanish as required by law. A judge let him off the hook and let the ballot measure stand. Apparently the ends justifies the means. But since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965, we, as a nation, have come a long way toward enfranchising voters of different races, ethnicities and those who speak different languages. Every citizen has a right to vote and a right to be informed on the issues regardless of the language they speak. Short-cuts like the one Drekmeier used are a step backward in the fight for equality. I'm going to vote "no" on Measure A because I think Drekmeier ought to go back and do things correctly. If he does, I'll vote "yes" on a future ballot. Thank you.
P.S. -- In researching this, I found an article printed in a Gilroy newspaper that says Measure A contains a number of "brazenly" false statements designed to mislead voters. I wonder why the Palo Alto papers haven't printed this yet.