Moved to speak (er, ah, write...)
Charles Schmidt (schmidt@UNIX4.IS.TCU.EDU)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 10:46:21 -0600
HOORAY for Sarah Jones!
Perhaps it is only my odd way of looking at things, but for me she cut
right to the heart of this whole business of whether BSA monopolizes the
list or not. And, as a bonus, she provided us all with one of the
freshest looks yet at what volunteers are up against. Not every issue
resonates with everyone. Some things are important to me because of the
way I see scouting done here in my troop and council, but some things that
make others see red are a matter of great indiference to me. It is not a
problem. With the touch of my left middle finger, I can strike the "D"
key of my keyboard and be done with the irrelevant message in only
I would recommend to all of you a list for fly fishermen (send email for
the address if you are actually interested). People post long accounts of
10 day float trips on isolated rivers in the Yukon encountering bears and
catching salmon and rainbow trout and stuff like that. Others post
comments on fly tying and rod building. Some arrange outings with others
in their local areas, or some ask about places to fish in travel
destinations. And there is even a move afoot to have a pin fashioned for
all to wear. Participants are from many countries, but the New Zealanders
do not complain that they cannot fish the rivers of Wyoming that some
write about. Instead, they brag about not keeping any fish shorter than
30" and complain about the 'Mericans keeping little fish. When someone
complains about special interest postings, he is usually advised to delete
the ones he doesn't like.
So here is my suggestion. Let the Canadians consider Scouts-l their own
personal list. So too the Germans, French, Italians, Lilliputans,
Bucklanders and whomever else has a Scouting movement. Those of us who
aren't interested can just delete and move on. But from time to time, we
will pause and read a message that has nothing to do with our own
problems and learn something.
So again I say, Thank you Sarah, and good luck with your studies.
Charles Schmidt email@example.com
Fort Worth, Texas USA
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