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Clerk Explains Forum’s Electronics Ban

HucksOnline just received this message from Coeur d'Alene City Clerk Susan Weathers re: candidate Adam Graves' complaint that he can't use his iPad at a candidates forum Thursday:  “First I would like to review the format for the CDATV Candidates forum.  Since this forum is televised, our goal it provide an opportunity for the voters to learn about the philosophical viewpoints of the candidates, how well they know the issues of the City and, as a potential leader of our community, their ability to  “think on the feet”.    That being the focus of this forum, the candidates are not given the questions prior to the forum.  The first time they should hear them is when they are on the dais.  Candidates are sequestered in a room prior to appearing on the forum.  To maintain the integrity of the forum, to assure that all candidates have a “level playing field”, and to prevent an unfair advantage between candidates, all electronic devices are prohibited in order to eliminate the participant from sending to or receiving information from outside sources.   Since you cannot send or receive information on paper notes, we do allow candidates have paper notes.”

Question: Reasonable explanation?

Graves Miffed That He’ll Be iPadless

Coeur d'Alene City Council candidate Adam Graves is upset that he won't be allowed to use his iPad at the televised CDATV candidates forum Wednesday afternoon. He wrote this letter to City Clerk Susan Weathers, who had advised him of the change: “You are going to force me to use outdated technology (notes and print outs like some 75 year old politician). Wow, this is exactly what is wrong with government. What year is it again? Do you expect me to run the city the same way once elected — “level the playing field” to what the lowest and oldest common denominator? Give me a break.  If this is the city's stance then I propose NOTHING should be allowed to be brought by anyone. Information is information. Period. Otherwise I am being singled out personally for utilizing a new and better information source which is not as harmful to our environment.” The Coeur d'Alene debates will be taped at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Coeur d'Alene Library Community Room.

Question: Does Adam have a good point?

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