The opinion offered by the UNC School of Government is just that: an opinion. We all have opinions. Each are just as good as the other. College professors have no shining light of authority, handed down from above. Furthermore, Leon doesn't appear to have offered the terms of the question to which the opinion was an answer. Questions can be couched in many ways. Lest we forget, Leon's profession is that of salesman. Obfuscation is a necessary part of his living.
Walker expressed sadness that the health board's autonomy "has been stripped due to the political agendas of certain people"
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. The health board is not supposed to be completely autonomous. The health board must be accountable to the taxpayers and that accountability is through the Board of Commissioners. The Stokes County Health Department only attained the level of autonomy it did because of the political agendas of Buster Robertson and Willis Overby. Their goal was patronage, plain and simple.
Walker said that he had missed a lot of health board meetings because his son was ill.
That, alone, is sufficient cause for his removal.
"Are you aware of any advantage to my sister from me sitting on the health board?"
You're missing the point, Kevin. If an advantage existed, then the whole purpose in avoiding conflict of interest has been missed. Simple ethics require you to at least recuse yourself from any direct or indirect issue dealing with your family. If you can't do that, then you can't effectively serve.
Full disclosure: Personally, I like Kevin. I've known him for a long time. I think he is a good guy and he is Marie's optometrist. But I think he and Jimmy are wrong on this.
I'm not sure who this Fredericka Cecile is, but she is obviously an idiot:
Cecile also stated that she believed there is "a conspiracy in this county to control every board and the way they do their meetings."
Gee, you think so, Fredericka? I wonder if you have a clue about how our system of government works, Fredericka? As the elected representatives of the people in the county, not only do the Commissioners have the right to control every board and the way they "do their meetings," they have the responsibility to do so. Where do you think we live, Fredericka, in Soviet Russia, where unappointed committees and other shadowy oligarchies control every waking moment of every citizen's life? Fredericka's ignorance could be excused, her stupidity is dangerous.
Most of the meeting appears to have degraded into "he said, she said." This is typical Stokes County politics. The little socialist corner gets its panties in a wad when anyone threatens their little Marxist paradise in the making. They call all their friends and neighbors and storm up to the government center, demanding to be heard. Everything after that is emotional, irrational, and content-free. It simply becomes a media circus.
Once again, as I have said here before, the only reasonable functions of the County Health Department are sanitation and inoculation. It has no business running free clinics or participating in any type or description of socialized medicine and it absolutely has no business competing with private enterprise.