Every now and then a parent has to sit his child down and set him straight, or a principal calls into his or her office a kid to remind him of the virtues of being civil. In Naperville we see this happening more and more with residents needing to remind city officials, including city council members and the city manager Doug Krieger, of the importance of common courtesies such as being respectful to constituents, thinking before speaking, listening, acting with integrity, avoiding being insulting, and acting in a civil manner towards residents.
Listen and watch as Naperville resident Tina Longnecker admonishes Naperville city council members along with Doug Krieger and implores them to embrace civility.
For those of you who remember Robert Fulghum’s book, ‘All I really need to know, I learned in kindergarten’, one gets the feeling when watching and listening to the Naperville city council that the majority of council members, along with city manager never attended kindergarten.
At a time when ‘bullying’ is a focus in school and life in general, you would think that a council member would do the ‘right thing’ and speak up when one of his or her peers was being disrespectful and bullying a citizen; it doesn’t happen. Not one single council member displays the courage to do the right thing and speak up. That would require leadership, which is a quality sorely missing at the dais.