Tue, 2 Mar 1993 14:16:11 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't know what to think about nomination awards, because I don't know
what kind of message they're trying to send.
They're designed such that people are not supposed to seek them, yet
they're supposed to be an honor to get. I think you could rationalize this
by saying that if a person's actions are notewrthy enough, the award seeks
them, however this is not always the case. There are people who labor long
and hard for good causes, but are not obvious about it and are not recognized.
The award turns out not to be something that is given to everyone who is
deserving, but is given because the right people know you exist. In the case
of a religious award, there might not be anybody in the church that even
knows about the award. It seems in this case, the intent of the award is
thwarted, which is to recognize adults who have given outstanding service in
I am not complaining for my own reasons, however I wonder at the value of
programs that are not setup to reach all of the intended recipients in a
rigourous manner. To make an analogy, it would be like Consumer Reports
choosing the best products from a list of manufacturers compiled from names
sent in by readers.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City