Re: Radcliffe bad press
John Peschken (peschken@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Thu, 1 May 1997 14:24:36 -0500
Scott Morley wrote:
> Who out there got that speeding ticket? You broke the law -
> Who out there forgot to pay that parking ticket? You broke the
Radcliffe's apparent offense is a felony. That is quite a different
> Who out there ever accelerated to get through that yellow
I believe the Scout law tells us to obey all laws, and asks us to do
everything in our power to do so.
> If you deny that these charges are lesser charges and not a
> great as
> Mr. Radcliffe, consider what you are saying. That the scout
> law only
> applies to the big things not to the normal everyday things.
I don't see how that follows. The scout law applies to the big things
as well as the small things. The does not mean that the consequences of
all violations need to be the same. Although we call it the "Scout
Law", it is not specific like a federal or state law. It is a lot more
like the constitution, or the declaration of independence, espousing
broad priciples, not detailing exact violations and consequences.
The information we have says that Mr. Radcliffe does not dispute the
facts of the matter. He says he just forgot.
The reason we have these laws is that people carrying a loaded gun onto
an airplane is potentially hazardous to the other occupants of the
Last year at summer camp, we had a Scout who said he could not
"remember" the rules for handling guns at the range. Always keep it
pointed downrange, Don't load until the rangemaster tells you to, etc.
He was banned from the rifle range until he could demonstrate that he
could "remember" the rules. I think that was very fair. It was this
scouts responsibility to remember the safety rules, and it is Mr.
Radcliffe's responsibility to remember them, too.
I think, that as an important figure in a organization that espouses
teaching civic responsibility as one of it's principal goals, Mr.
Radcliffe should be held to an even higher standard than the average
Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City