I’d call you Mike, but I don’t know you well enough to know if you’ve adopted the nickname. This letter isn’t personal. In fact, we’ve never met, although I have seen you at school board meetings and levy related events. And if you stay on the school board, you will be seeing a lot more of me.
But you shouldn’t stay. This letter isn’t political either. Although I am in favor of the levy, and you oppose it, I have no problem having a polite disagreement with someone. And if the voters, when given truthful information, vote the levy down in May, I will accept it. I won’t like it mind you, and I don’t think it will happen, but I will accept it.
This letter is about only one thing. You signed a Code of Ethics when you joined the school board. Now you’ve violated it. You have stated you plan to continue to do so. If you plan to continue your campaign against the levy when the board has voted to put it on the ballot, you need to resign. That is all.
You activities are in direct conflict with your position. I was in the Army when Bill Clinton was president. We did not like some of his actions regarding the military, and the government shut down (late 1995, early 1996) was a pain, and many laid the fault at his feet. However, we could not say anything against the President without a certain threat of judicial action against us. He was our commander in chief. My oath was to follow his lawful orders, without question. And not one order I got during my time in the service was unlawful.
Some of them might have been stupid, but I obeyed anyway. Not because I wanted to, but because I was a soldier. I’d taken an oath, and so honored my word. In that case, my word took priority over my opinion.
You are in the same position. You have a duty, by the Code of Ethics you signed, to support School Board actions, when agreed upon by a majority. Even if you are not in that majority.
So keep campaigning against the levy if you wish. I will keep campaigning for it. But you need to resign your position first. It’s the only honorable thing to do.
Author, Parent, Concerned Citizen, Levy Supporter
Editor’s Note: The Kuna School District’s Code of Ethics for School Board Trustees is at http://www.kunaschools.org/images/documents/pdf/policy/section200/series_216.pdf. We have also posted the code of ethics to our website at www.KunaMelba.com attached to this article online. Do you agree or disagree that Michael Law violated the code? Send us a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment online. KMN’s website is now free with registration.