An awesome civics lesson

I loved the Times-Herald front page article covering the Coweta County Commission’s March 6 meeting.

Young Stephen Porrello reminds me of Kevin Bacon in the movie “Footloose.” What pleased me the most was the appearance that the commission treated Porrello with respect. As an "old fart" (I'm 71), and I don't skateboard, I love to see stories of generations way behind me acting responsibly and constructively.

I hope the commission continues to treat this young man and his supporters with respect, to include honestly listening to them and honestly considering their requests.

All Cowetans need to celebrate and honor responsible actions by our youth and be open to their ideas and their voices. Coweta school teachers take note: This is a great civics lesson (if you still teach civics). Follow Mr. Porrello's efforts in class and use this opportunity to point out to our leaders of tomorrow that every individual in this great country has a voice, deserves to be heard as long as they act with civility (Grantville, take note), and can make a difference. 

Times-Herald, keep us informed as to Porrello's effort. Mr. Porrello, I for one, hope they let you have your dance. 

Ronald Shaffer 

Newnan



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