J Michael Hayes (hayesj@RINTINTIN.COLORADO.EDU)
Tue, 12 Apr 1994 19:27:27 -0600
I would like to express a call to moderation.
In the northeastern cities, it was always common
for teachers, coaches, and scout leaders to meet
for a drink to iron out a problem or share ideas.
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING A DRINK!
THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG IF YOU ABUSE ALCOHOL!
Why can't people see the difference? Especially outside
of the northeast? Is their such a strong historical
feeling for temperance even today?
IMHO current public furor is over the successful
misinformation campaign used in the War On Drugs.
Don't ask me why the American people can't see from
their own history that allowing those in power to
'own the language' for the purpose of swaying public
opinion to the side of absolute intolerance
of behaviour will only lead to its use to control
their own behaviour in the future.
NOW for MIKE's soapbox of Scouter's behaviour
teaching Scouts selective morals.
How many that want to kick anyone out that
drinks, drive the speed limit and obey all
traffic laws, especially with Scouts in the
vehicle? I haven't met a Scouter in Colorado
in 5 years who drives at or below the speed
limit. I find it especially disturbing when
the scouter carries on a conversation with
scouts on a question of morality with the
speedometer pegged at 70-75 in a 55 mph zone.
By teaching absolutes and not moderation, while
demonstrating blatant disregard for SOME laws,
you are sending a VERY mixed message.
Please set a good example of driving for our
Yes, I have had a pint of Irish Cream over the last
3 months, and one vodka tonic. Why should I hide
that? Why should scouts be shown that that is
something to hide?
Yes. There are inappropriate times and places
for drinking. School, on the job, at a youth
meeting, in the car, just before driving, (same
for any motorized craft). But i think that
its ridiculous to automatically equate drinking
with drunkness. Very similar to equating
athletics with a lack of intelligence,
or any other of the ways that people have
always found to safely apply prejudice.
I'm sure our counterparts in Europe really
can't believe all the hoopla they hear
us talking about.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City