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Whoever said that democracy was supposed to be genteel? There are competing desires among the populace, and our society has decided the best way to resolve the resulting conflicts is through democratic representation. Worst system on earth, aside from all the others, as someone once said.

Of course democracy leads to discord and open disagreement which sometimes laps over into rudeness, name-calling, obstructionism and other sorted behaviour---that's the whole point.

And yet:

ANTIGONISH (CP) — Education Minister Karen Casey will announce her decision Monday on the future of the Strait Regional school board.

The board has been the subject of scrutiny for some time over concerns about disrespectful behaviour between its members.

While Casey clutches her pearls in indignation that people disagree, heated argumentation is healthy, because it reflects divisions in the larger community. (Or, if not, then the larger community will straighten things out via, ya know, elections.)

This was particularly the case with the Halifax Regional School Board, which Casey disbanded a couple of years ago. Some overly sensitive people were upset because Doug Sparks, the African Nova Scotian rep, got in people's faces and called them on what he saw as their underlying racism. But that's precisely why the African Nova Scotian board position was created--- to give voice to concerns that weren't otherwise being addressed. If he had to break a few eggs, cause some unease, so much the better, as far as I'm concerned.

Casey has no business disbanding school boards.

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