Archive for Wednesday, July 5, 2000

Civic responsibility belongs to all of us

Editorial

July 5, 2000

A local citizen observes a young person on a bicycle repeatedly running into electrical boxes in downtown Tonganoxie.

Should that person call the police about seeing the damage done or not?

A local citizen observes a break-in at a local business.

Should that person call the police or not?

A local citizen witnesses the brutal beating of an elderly member of our community.

Should that person call the police or not?

The point at which residents of Tonganoxie decide they should get involved likely differs in these examples.

But should it? Shouldn't we all feel it is our civic responsibility to be involved in our community? Shouldn't we all feel it is our obligation to call police regardless of whether we see someone scribbling obscenities on a downtown wall or whether we witness a horrible murder?

How else can we expect our fellow citizens to do the right thing when we are the victim?

Who will make the call if we won't?

Perhaps, no one.

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