Porterdale’s city council had been inching their way up from the bottom of the barrel and out of their status as the laughing stock of Newton County with developments such as facilitating the construction of the Porterdale Mill Lofts and choosing a Better Hometown director. However, after their most recentwork session, they have plunged themselves back into absurdity.
With a nearly $200,000 shortfall in the town’s operating budget — almost 20 percent of the city’s yearly funds— the city council has deemed underwear a pressing issue— that’s right underwear.
The Porterdale voting block is considering passing a “pants ordinance,” which would bar residents from wearing their pants below their waist.
Not only does this target young, black males, it would be extremely difficult to enforce. Should Porterdale’s tiny police force take time to ticket those with their Fruit of the Loom’s showing rather than stop drunk drivers or patrol for burglarsWe say no, they shouldn’t.
We don’t care for this style either, but it is the responsibility of the parents to manage or the choice of the adult— not the duty of elected officials.
If you don’twant to look at someone’s underwear, turn the other way. Porterdale city council members should turn away and look at how to ameliorate their budget crisis and how to make their town into a thriving village the lofts promises it could be.
Revenue collected from those wearing droopy pants won’t help — at $50 a ticket, 4,000 peoplewould need to be caught with their pants down to make up for Porterdale’s budget shortfall.