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October 14, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Oct. 14, 2012

Pondering conflicts on board positions

In one of the recent editions of the paper, I noted an article, “Unchallenged Lockhart locks up board spot.” Reading down, I noticed the mention of Mel Burks, executive director of Hamilton Center, as an incumbent running for re-election. I then began to wonder, is this or is this not a conflict of interest?

For instance, are there any financial contracts between Hamilton Center and the school corporation? If the corporation does such business with the agency it would seem the director would be in a tenuous position of conflicting interests by being on the School Board.

In reverse, it might be viewed as a similar conflict if the schools superintendent were on the board of Hamilton Center, since in both cases the boards might influence the reviews and compensations for each of the people.

I am sure these folks do what they do in good faith and conscience. It was just a thought.

— John Kuchinskas

Terre Haute

Quality candidate for Vigo council

This election season promises to be historic — nationally and locally.

Rick Burger is running for Vigo County Council at-large. I have known Rick for over 10 years. We have worked together on numerous projects such as Miracle on Seventh Street, City Scape Christmas Lights (downtown), Downtown Block Party and other city and county events.

Rick possesses a generous, positive, and always helpful outlook with anything that is brought to him. He lives “the dream” everyday as a Vigo County resident.

I believe that Rick would make quality decisions sitting on the County Council. His experience sitting on various boards throughout the Wabash Valley has given him valuable knowledge in many areas. He is budget-minded and is fair.

I do believe that his best quality is that he loves the county he lives and works in.

Please do Vigo County a favor. Vote Rick Burger for County Council at-large.

— Barbara Lloyd

Terre Haute

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