Civil liberty and civic responsibility… the last several years seem to have grayed the lines between the two. Not a few of various political persuasions have taken advantage of the gray. Concerned by the increasing divisiveness being sown in our society — and Coronado — and trying to recall what my high school civics teacher taught, I refreshed my memory on a couple of terms.

Civil liberty - individual rights protected by law from unjust governmental or other interference. State of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech. Security measures can be taken without seriously compromising privacy and civil liberty.

Civic responsibility - active participation in the public life of a community in an informed, committed, and constructive manner, with a focus on the common good.

Casting a slightly wider net, I refreshed my memory of a couple other terms:

Citizenship - behaviors, attitudes, and actions that reflect concerned and active membership in a community.

Carpetbagger - political candidate who seeks election in an area where he/she has no local connections. A person perceived as an unscrupulous opportunist.

I find myself asking, after Mayor Bailey unilaterally announced Coronado would not enforce the mask mandate — a position not supported by his fellow Council members — is political opportunism trumping civic responsibility in the name of civil rights?

If that sounds a bit twisted… it is.

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