Dunn's proposal is inappropriate for SCOUTS-L
Bob Taschler (bob_taschler@PUBLICITAS-USA.COM)
Mon, 20 Apr 1998 09:45:38 -0500
Ed Dunn said:
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It?s time to get an overview of where we as Scouter?s stand on these
issues, and there is no better forum than Scouts-L to do this.
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While I too would like a thorough examination on this topic (especially as to
who is making policy and upon what authority that policy is made), SCOUTS-L is
the wrong place for it. We are simply not a representative sample of the adult
scout leadership. Furthermore, passive surveys are only responded to by those
who are passionate about the topic one way or another. This is why it is poor
policy making to let a few hundred demonstrators sway one's decision making. It
is also poor leadership.
Secondly, we are all here as guests of the list server host. If anyone were to
offer this project as part of SCOUTS-L, it should be the host.
As an alternative, perhaps you could simply request that anyone interested in
your project contact you privately by e-mail and then pursue it outside of
SCOUTS-L. If you get more then 10 people willing to do more than offer an
opinion, I'd be surprised. But if you did get enough of a response, you could
then solicit money from various political groups on either side of the issue
like the ACLU, Gay Rights groups, conservative publications, etc. to fund a
And then what? You will have a study or a survey which may or may not get
published, perhaps even used in a court case somewhere which may or may not
influence a handful of people. Will it make scouting or youth development any
better? I don't know.
But then again, I may be totally wrong about this.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City