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Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Boy Scouts

Don't demonize while disagreeing

I am a "Scouting Dad" and my youngest son has been in scouts for eight years; I have been very involved in each step. I agree with the decision by the National BSA in allowing the decision on whom to allow into each unit to be their individual decision. I disagree with the Herald's editorial comments about these units or the Boys Scouts themselves as discriminating. (Wednesday, "A start for the Boy Scouts.") The BSA has to ensure that parents are comfortable enrolling their sons in an organization that is safe, responsible and best reflects their values.
Our society has become this world that if you don't agree with everything we each say, then we are completely against each other, instead of, "you have your opinion and I have mine," then respecting that difference in opinion. The BSA is making just that move and I applaud them for it. It does not help the discussion (debate) when editorials are written that essentially demonize someone's opinion or values just because they do not align with our own.
The United States is made up of over 300 million people with each region, state, county, city, even neighborhoods having their own ideas and priorities in life. The Herald does no one any favors or create a good debate when they say the "Boy Scout execs will look back at their pick-your-own-values approach and cringe." It is this diversity, that we talk about so much, that makes this a great country. Gen. Patton once said, "If everyone is thinking the same, then someone isn't thinking." Maybe that is the goal of the Herald, to ensure no one is thinking unless they think as the Herald chooses.
Todd Welch
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