Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives.-- The Constitution, Article XI, Section 1

Too often we don’t even try. That repeat of the opening line in this writer’s Sunday column applies not just to the Beatitudes of holiness expounded then, but also to the above-quoted tenets of public service set out in the Constitution.

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