I would like to reply, but....
Jerry Hanning (jerryh@RCONNECT.COM)
Sat, 8 Aug 1998 00:48:54 -0500
As of late, I have read several letters to the list that I would like to
reply to. The problem is, after I have written my response and then
subjected it to the scrutiny of the Scout Oath and Law, I'm not able to
send it. I'll edit and cut and paste and anything else I can think of to
make it work, but it just doesn't work.
I end up closing my e-mail program, giving up on sending anything at all.
In particular is a message about two Eagle Scouts that should be
embarrassed because they did not earn as many merit badges as another
Scout. In my reply, I was as polite as I could be, considering how raw a
nerve that letter had struck.
At first, I felt like publicly humiliating the author of the letter (which
I still feel he deserves) by explaining that I had earned a higher honor
than he did, equating my honor with that of his son and his honor with that
of the other two Eagle Scouts. I then asked if he should be embarrassed,
like he felt the Eagle Scouts should be. That response was quickly quashed.
I've read and re-read the rules for posting messages to the list. It seems
that I have a lot of work to do myself in how I react to some of the
messages that ignore them.
My question is this: How do I decide if I should respond to a message? I
would have felt very uncomfortable in even sending my heavily edited reply
just to the author.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I would like to contribute to the
list, but sometimes, I find it very difficult.
SM, Troop 57
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