Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Philmont Overflights
Re: Philmont Overflights
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 10:56:11 +0000
On Sun, 11 Apr 1999 13:20:14 -0500 larry fenter <fenter@BELLSOUTH.NET>
> Ok, where are all the great minds on this one.
> I have been patiently waiting for someone to address
>this one. But I can't wait no longer!!!
> If there is anywhere on the _net_ that supports the military,
>THIS list-serv is it.
Planting tounge firmly in cheek, and doning asbestos drawers, I comment
that Larry must be new to this list based on the above comment.
Larry also asks the opinion of someone familiar with Philmont, so here
goes. I start by saying that here in Amarillo Texas, we are only a
short, approximatly 4 hour drive to Philmont, and even hold Council Wide
Weekends for all scouts , cubs, and (some may gasp) families yearly at
Philmont. I have made the trek, and have been to Philmont numerous
occasions starting in 1965. While Philmont is a special place in our
hearts and minds...physically it is just a chunk of plains, mountains,
and buildings indistinguishable from about 1/3 of the rest of the state
of New Mexico or Colorado. It has the usual compliment of flora and
fauna, nothing endangered or even especially notworthy, with the possible
exception of the introduced and tightly managed buffalo heard.
What makes Philmont special is not the geography, but the Spirit of what
it represents and what experiences occur there.
Now we come to the NIMBY theory . I can't think of any activity in the
world that doesnt have a problem finding a home, due to the rampant NIMBY
mindset of our nation today. An article about the scheduled hearings to
hear complaints about the low level training over this area (which
includes a MUCH larger area than just Philmont) appeared in our Sunday
Paper this week. This NECESSARY training activity has already been
rejected for other areas in the USA by special intrest groups who have
forced revamping of the proposed location.
Does anyone actively seek such activity on top of themselves....I doubt
Is this activity necessary? I believe so.
If we wish to continue to have a military that is capable of conducting
operations with a minimum loss of American life, and able to continue to
protect and defend what we have acheived in the country...such training
must occur. Wheter or not we enjoy hearing aircraft while on a trek,
what group should be more willing to make a SMALL sacrifce for the
greater good than the BSA???
Isn't part of the oath...I will do my best, to do my duty to...MY
Lets set the example (familiar to woodbadgers?) and work not to impede
this project, but rather to minimize problems.
Have the fortitude to look beyond self, and let the world know that the
BSA is still willing to put DUTY< HONOR, and PRINCIPLES ahead of self.
Your opinions may differ.....