Concerning the issue of St. George, East Baton Rouge Parish and “Balkanization”:
“Balkanization” is a term which originally described the breakup of the former Ottoman Empire in the southeast corner of Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It has come to mean the process of fragmentation or division of a region into smaller regions that are often hostile or noncooperative with one another. The sense of the term, which is not complimentary, also includes the loss of opportunity from the inability to work together. Sound familiar? So, let’s play a game. Baton Rouge, you can be Montenegro. St. George, you can be Albania. Central, you can be Bosnia. Oops, I’m sorry: Baker wanted to be Bosnia, so Central, you can be Serbia. Doesn’t this sound like fun?