Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 21 Feb 1997 to 22 Feb 1997
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 11:24:49 -0500
> From: J. Hugh Sullivan <sull@MINDSPRING.COM>
> Date: Sunday, February 23, 1997 10:55 AM
> At 12:00 AM 2/23/97 -0600, Blaine Jacksonblainej@juno.com wrote:
> >One thing virtually all of the boys have learned is to answer a
> >question by telling us what we want to hear.
> I have been on the Board so long (I've missed 4 in 25 years and 2 were
> sons) that the candidates in this district know to avoid that tactic -
> know we are not adversarial, just tough enough to make them think.
I can certainly second Hugh's comments (not just the portion included
above). Having sat for almost as long as he has my experience is that I
can almost always tell when a Scout is handing me a line and feeding me
what I want to hear. I don't happen to ask that particular question,
although I might start asking it for a while to see if I achieve the same
type of responses Hugh gets. Of course, if you feel the perception will
be that he should answer "no" because that's the way he thinks I feel,
then he would be wrong. So that bias would not apply.
Now Hugh and I are in significantly different parts of the country, so
there might be a difference in attitude based upon geography and local
"political" philosophy. Hugh is down in the South and I am up in NYC.
This might actually be an interesting experiment. Hugh and I have agreed
to disagree on the substantive issue, but we are almost always in
agreement on advancement philosophy, etc.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City