Re: Eagle recognition
Christopher L. Rankin (CRANKIN@JCVAXA.JCU.EDU)
Fri, 24 Feb 1995 11:49:33 -0500
> Re: the White House.... When I retired from the Naval Reserve as
> a Captain with 32 yrs of service, I received a small postcard size
> notecard with a one line pre-printed message with a pre printed signature
> from Clinton- as opposed to personal original letters from my
> 2 sens., my rep. and my governor. Ed has EMailed me privately that
> he received no response from Clinton or Gore. I think it is called
> Character. Don't waste the stamp.
Without getting into politics or political issues (other forums for
that... I'd like to think we're above that here....), I wholeheartedly agree
with you. (was fortunate to become Eagle while Bush was still in office)
After the way Clinton treated the BSA at the National Jambo (not showing up to
speak, and then not even having his designee show up), I wouldn't even do him
the honor of writing to him about an issue related to scouting. In fact, when
asked by scouts preparing for their Eagle ceremony whether or not they should
write to Clinton, I ask them if they feel that Clinton's congratulations are
worthy of an occaision such as an Eagle ceremony. So far, the response has
been overwhelmingly no-- the kids have written and gotten the
congratulations, but have not displayed them at their ceremonies. Don't
blame them-- I would do the same.
Bottom line: Clinton and Gore would be about the last on my list for
Eagle congratulations-- there's a lot more people that BETTER represent the
qualities and beliefs of the scouting movement than either of these two. It's
a shame to say that about the President of the United States, but alas, from
all the scandals and rumors we've heard over the past 2 years, it's the truth.
Just thought I'd put in my 0.02 worth......
As always, the above is just IMHO......
Christopher L. Rankin
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