WILLIAM S. BALINT: Politics never played role in board decisions
March 10, 2013 3:00 AM

A recent news report in an area newspaper about the conviction of Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin contained this line: “The Supreme Court continues with six members, three Republicans and three Democrats. As a Republican, Melvin gave the GOP an edge as a potentially deciding vote.”

It struck a raw chord with me to think that the top judicial group of our justice system relies on politics of Republicans vs. Democrats to decide the fates of parties involved. This is justice?

As a 24-year veteran of the Indiana Area school board, I have served with more than 42 other board members at one time or another, and I have never served on a board in which politics played a part in our decisions.

Some school board members may file for election on both the Republican and Democratic ballots in the primary, and I do remember a fellow board member who refused to have his name on the Democratic ballot and got beaten decisively. It does take the politics out of the board.

That’s not to say that board members don’t have strong opinions that might cause conflict, but I believe it’s personal preferences and not politics that is at play.

While big city boards may be decidedly different, I think I can speak for the boards I have been on that politics played no part in the board actions, and I am strongly inclined to believe this applies to other small non-city boards.

William S. Balint


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