Either/or politics tends to rule in Belleville. Either you are a member of the Good Government Party, or you are an independent supposedly opposed to the established party.
But Alderman Bob White offers a more practical and constructive definition of what an independent alderman should be.
"As an independent, it doesn't mean that I vote with them or against them. It means I research what I vote for." Also, "As far as I'm concerned, I'm working with everybody on council to do what's right for constituents."
What a novel concept: Put partisanship aside and do what's right for the people. If politicians at all levels from all parties, from city councils to Congress, would let that be their guiding principle, our nation would be the better for it.