“What is for the public good?”

One of the sights in downtown Dartmouth that should catch every eye are the words “What is for the public good?” on the wall of Celtic Corner. They are words taken from a speech Joseph Howe¬†gave as he defended himself against a charge of libel for exposing corruption in local government and law enforcement. What constitutes social justice and the public good has grown since his time, but the words matter today just as much.