Friday, February 23, 2007

A Ballot Too Farsi

I was going to post a blog on the big ongoing news story, not so much on the story but to provide some commentary on what it means to the society at large.

However, KFI a radio station out of LA I listen too via the Internet (it broadcasts Rush) had a story about how the ballots in Hollywood are printed in English and FARSI Yeah, not Spanish but Farsi.

Residents of Persian descent make up about 30 percent of the city's population, and a 2004 poll of Beverly High School families showed that about 25 percent spoke Farsi at home, the newspaper reported.
Source: Beverly Hills Election Materials In Farsi Prompt Complaints – KNBC TV Los Angeles

Who would have thunk it? Not the fact a city caving in and printing a ballot in another language, but that it appears about 25% of the households in that one school district have Farsi speakers in them.

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