Sometimes it all comes down to timing. Things were rolling along just fine during the last city council meeting, November 17, the pre-Thanksgiving meeting, when feathers seldom get ruffled, but then it happened just prior to the end of the meeting, when Mayor Steve Chirico ‘tossed a hand grenade’ in council chambers.
He brought up the hot divisive topic of a mask mandate in Naperville. Why in the world would he want to walk down that bomb infested road knowing that a vast number of people don’t take too kindly to having the heavy-hand of politicians squeeze their freedom and rights, especially with vaccines on the horizon. Watch and listen as the mayor pulls the pin on the grenade:
If the city issues a mask mandate, how will it be enforced and who gets to wield the ax of compliance? Is the Mayor offering-up councilmen Benny White and Kevin Krummen for almost certain defeat in the next city council election in spring if they support the mandate? Watch and listen to the mayor:
The jury is still out regarding the effectiveness of masks. Politicians say follow the science, who’s science are they referring to? The science they agree with, or the opposing science? Watch and listen to Fox New’s Laura Ingraham and her two guests refer to the Danish and Swedish studies.
Enter councilman Kevin Coyne, as always, with his common sense approach to a mandate vs PSA persuasion:
Councilman Coyne has this innate ability of getting a ‘good read’ on the feelings of residents on issues, a gift that other council members seem to lack, or maybe they do understand but don’t care.
“Inflaming those with a contrarian view with an outpouring of opposition” might be an understatement.
Now here is when it gets a bit scary, when the words “armed officers’, ‘handcuffed’ , ‘put in jail’, ‘criminal prosecution’ enter the conversation: Watch and listen to councilwoman Theresa Sullivan as she offers-up the Naperville Fire Department as the wielders of the iron ax to get residents and visitors to comply one way or another:
What happened to the mantra “we are all in this together?