EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Opinion

February 13, 2013

Evening stroll becomes an act of civil disobedience

To the editor:

Under the pretext of public safety, our governor has issued an executive order restricting our movements tonight (Friday, Feb. 8). The language appears to refer to movement in a vehicle.

This is an extraordinarily chilling development.

When New Orleans was wracked by the ravages of Katrina, there were issues of martial law and standing orders of people NOT to enter the city. That is quite different from this outrage. My movement outside my home could now subject me to lawful arrest and may be a punishable offense.

I will go for my evening walk tonight, to not only brave the elements but also to support my personal freedom. I will don my “gear” to stave off only the natural elements, though not those created by our governor through despotic declaration. One of those items will be a hiker’s head lamp.

For residents of Groveland, look outside your windows tonight and do not fear, this will not be an apparition you’ll see but a fellow citizen challenging the local police department to see if it has interpreted the executive order in its strictest form.

I ask you: what precedent have we established in “liberal” Massachusetts? Furthermore, how does the governor lift this ban? When the highways are cleared? With pent-up anxiety, curiosity factor and necessity roadways can easily be clogged with motorists and certainly the snow dangers will not be eliminated in most places.

Common sense as a standard is never out of style. When you try to legislate it, you create an equal number of dangers, compared to those you eliminated.

I am looking forward to my evening exercise and will be mindful that in this most extraordinary set of circumstances, I may be committing an act of civil disobedience.

Joe D’Amore

Groveland, MA

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