To the Editor:
Thankfully, I have the strength to respond to Zach Lafontaine’s letter to the editor (11/27/18) entitled “Trending toward younger elected officials.” Zach is a Pilgrim High School senior and I hope that the word “senior” doesn’t adversely affect his bright future. His two “key facts” were that the average age for the Warwick School Committee in 2017 was 61 and that of the City Council was 55 in 2016.
This hurt, as my being the oldest elected official in Rhode Island certainly was a factor affecting the School Committee. If the average didn’t include me, it would have been an unbelievable 22, the youngest in the U.S.A.!
Fact: During my eight years on the Warwick School Committee, I have never missed a meeting or any of the countless special ones. I take pride in this and, especially, the work done trying to improve the education of our beautiful students, including Zach. This, along and together, with the other committee members and administrators. It hasn’t been the easiest of times for all concerned. However, to somehow fault us because we are aging is a tough pill to swallow, especially from young Zach, whom I have admired and is destined to future success.
Fortnuately, those of us who are growing older still have years to celebrate birthdays. The only problem we will be facing is trying to blow out all the candles with one breath.
Eugene A. Nadeau
Warwick School Committee Vice Chairman