I read with interest the editorial about the proposed Youth Council Bylaw. I think that if youth had more of a voice they would feel more welcome, accepted and valued by their Mayor and Council. If youth thought that their local government cared about their problems and concerns, they would be more inclined to take pride in their community.
Goodwill creates reciprocal goodwill. Youth that are involved and feel valued by their community are less inclined to participate in petty crime such as vandalism.
I agree with the writer that several comments by Mayor and Councillors were stupefyingly absurd. It makes me wonder if they are afraid to give youth a voice, and if so, why?
Remember, youth will grow up to be our future leaders, let’s give them the opportunity to learn and grow towards effective leadership.