Letter to the Editor: Challengers at LWV forum confuse oath-bearing obligation for common good with self-interest

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Six of the seven candidates for Quincy School Board discussed why they wanted the public’s votes on April 4 to be elected to the Quincy School Board. | File photo

Democracy is not easy. When an elected school board is seated, its members pledge to work together for the greater purpose of educating within a school district. As individuals, overreaching intellect, self-interest, overly cautious inaction, ego, the need to be popular or to promote their own values or time restraints take second place, as they struggle together to uphold a sworn oath. 

The members running for re-election know this as a sacred duty.

Their challengers do not.

From the challengers at the League of Women Voters forum, we heard political partisan loyalty, medical rights, parental rights, taxpayer rights and a demand that their individual privilege can ignore chain of command and the protection of student and staff confidentiality. No reference was made to the right of all of the school district’s children to receive the best world-class education to prepare them for American citizenship and the world’s challenges.

The challengers confuse an oath-bearing obligation for the common good and for the school law legal framework with their self-interest.

They do not get it.

They should not get your sacred vote.

Dr. Alan R. Nichols
Carol W. Nichols, former Quincy School Board member
Quincy, Illinois

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