Re: Child Protection Act (and and Introduction)
Greg Cohoon (Gregory_Cohoon@OCCSHOST.NLM.NIH.GOV)
Tue, 21 Dec 1993 16:29:00 EST
>In regards to this Child Protection Act:
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>The response you received is an automated response. Some of my
>co-workers have sent e_mail to the whitehouse and had the same reply.
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True, the response is automated. I've sent several letters to the
president via e-mail and recieved the same thing back. Most recently,
about a month ago, I sent a letter about the policy governing North
Korea's possible getting nuclear weapons. And just last week I
recieved a (form letter) card in the snail-mail acknowledging my
coorespondance. So, at least on the "important" issuses, I believe his
staff reads the mail.
>I get this inner wrench when I think that my response COULD be "If
>you don't like it [BSA's stand], then LEAVE, and then just leave us
>alone!" or "If you don't like the rules, then just stay away!" I can
>certainly see that these responses can be seen as uncaring and
>isolationist. However, it pains me a GREAT deal to see this
>organization into which I have poured over 31 years being attacked.
Yes, I agree. I think that recently our nation *has* seen a decline in
values. Fortunately, institutions such as the BSA are not swayed by
the "politically correct" and take decisive stands on tough issues
that need to be dealt with. I may not agree with every stance BSA
makes, but off the top of my head, I can't think of something I
disagree with. It is important that our boys and young men have
strong, value-oriented programs such as BSA to take part in. I know it
is probably the single most important factor (besides my parents) in
Now, I guess it's time for me to introduce myself. I really was
planning on lurking for a few days before posting, but I fealt the
need to contribute.
My name is Greg Cohoon and I signed on the list this morning. To be
fair, though, I peruse rec.scouting on the internet occasionally and
I've gotten a lot of this list's archives over the past couple of
months. I was just waiting for a good time to sign on the list.
And Christmas break was the perfect time. You see, I'm a college
student at NC State most of the time, but over breaks I come to work
for the National Library of Medicine at home in Maryland as part of a
co-op program. I write computer database applications.
Last week I turned 21 and this weekend I'm planning to update my
uniforms to reflect that fact (replacing badges with knots, etc).
I've been heavily involved with scouts from the start -- Cub Scouts,
Boy Scouts, a brief stint in an Explorer Post, and the Order of the
Arrow. Eagle Scout Class of '89. As soon as I turned 18 I turned in an
adult application for my home troop -- T1249 (Bowie, MD) -- and have
been an Assistant Scoutmaster ever since. I gained a lot through my
scouting experience as a youth and I fully intend to more than pay the
BSA back for it. Whenever I'm home, I delve right back into the troop
activities and I keep up with what's going on while I'm at school. In
Raleigh, I've been sort of looking for a troop to hook up with, so if
anyone on the list knows of one, feel free to e-mail me.
I think I'm the only one in my troop with an Internet feed, but I've
shown some of this list's stuff to the SM and other ASMs, and they've
decided to persue internet feeds at their office with renewed vigor.
I guess that's it. It's enough, anyway. Oh, yeah. By the way, I can be
long-winded at times. :)
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Greg Cohoon | email@example.com
T 1249 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowie, MD | email@example.com
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