The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Time to make some community lemonade


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 27, 2018 - 6:46 AM

Back in April, a group of neo-Nazis came to Coweta County and left us with a sour taste on our tongues.

Now it’s time for us to make lemonade from that experience. While the National Socialist Movement was uninvited and unwanted, the announcement brought Coweta’s growing and diverse population together as never before.

Last week, many people who were involved in positive community events the weekend of the NSM rally got back together to talk about the experience and to look for a path forward that continues to bring unity and positive change to Coweta County.

Newnan Mayor Pro-Tem Cynthia Jenkins was a prime mover in getting the community together back in April, and she called and led Thursday’s gathering at the Newnan Utilities pavilion.

“The conversations that started through this cannot stop,” Jenkins insisted.

She and others at the table Thursday acknowledged those conversations are not always easy ones. Jenkins referred to them as “difficult conversations that we need to have in our community.”

Cliff Fisher III of the African American Alliance also said a forum for discussing vexing problems is much-needed. “I feel like in many instances they get ignored,” he said.

There was an awareness that greater involvement is needed as the move for community connections increases. Jenkins said if future projects include only “the same people, the same groups,” then the initiative will not have met its goal.

She said it is imperative to make all people from all parts of the community know “their presence is more than welcomed.”

We applaud those taking steps to maintain and strengthen the bonds that were formed in April. We agree that our community is growing and becoming more diverse, and that every strand of society needs to be connected as Coweta becomes an even better place to live and work.

“Our community growing around us and in some cases without us,” Jenkins said. Kudos to those working to make sure Coweta’s growth connects and does not divide.