Split vote demonstrates democracy at its best

September 12, 2018

You have heard the term “rubber-stamp board,’’ correct?

It’s most often applied to a governmental body which passes or rejects laws and measures with little debate and resistance.

While many of the matters these groups address are routine in nature, it’s not in the best interests of the voters and taxpayers if everything considered is unanimously approved or nixed.

That’s why it was refreshing to read a couple stories published by the Daily Journal regarding Wednesday on the latest Kankakee County Board meeting.

The members split, 12-11, on two different votes, one pertaining to a “cupcake’’ law, which would have allowed for small bakeries to be established in private homes, and another involving the citing of a solar farm just south of the Kankakee limits.

The former was narrowly voted down, and the latter approved by a slim margin. In both cases, board members were vocal about their stances.

That’s democracy at its best, and the way it should be. Civil discourse is a cornerstone of our form of government.

The famed Gen. George S. Patton summed it up best when he said: “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.’’

We’re glad to see that philosophy put to practice.

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