Chief cook and bottle washer Rubinstein

I haven’t been a fan of Maureen Dinnen since the night we fired Frank Till, but please…

Bob Norman‘s story on Dinnen’s relatives doing business with the School Board was equivalent to digging for gold but coming up with Iron Pyrites (fool’s gold) instead.

Exactly how many nieces and nephews does Bob Norman have?

And do they do business with either the New Times or Local Ten?

The reality is; “who cares?”

Opponent Michael Levinson commented with the jewel “Nepotism is nepotism.”

Is it?  Well, no.

The cultural dictionary defines nepotism as; favoritism granted to relatives or close friends, without regard to their merit.  Nepotism usually takes the form of employing relatives or appointing them to high office.

That would mean that Dinnen would have had to aggressively sought to hire her great niece’s company or her nephew or interfered with the decision to hire.

If that were so, then the story would be something worth investigating.

Without empirical evidence to that effect, the story’s nothing but flup. (You’ll have to read Larry Niven’s Ringworld Engineers to understand that term.)

The $500 donation from great niece’s company?

Just another donation from another company doing business with the district. (Wink, wink, nod, nod.)

While it’s true that Dinnen’s demeanor shows shocking ignorance when it comes to even the real corruption inside the district (along with her ignorance of Frank Till’s incompetence) this one just doesn’t cut it.

For those who are out to “get” Maureen Dinnen, better luck next time.