Laugh­ing stock

The Covington News - - Opinion -

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.

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