It’s a no-brainer

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Editor,

I am disappointed in your poor choice of timing when you cite (with photo) Andy Ray’s long-past renunciation of his Eagle Scout credentials in the same issue of Current (April 30) in which the Carmel Mayor’s Breakfast for Scouting appears (without photo). This was an unfortunate and completely unnecessary distraction.

Mr. Ray was undoubtedly aware of the words comprising the Scout Oath (they have remained virtually unchanged for over a century). Words have meaning, and he was under no obligation to join the organization if he was unwilling to abide by both the oath and the provisions of the Scout law.

As the parent and grandparent of Eagle Scouts, it is easy for me to choose whether I would want my Eagle Scouts to emulate examples like Eagle Scout/Astronaut/American hero Neil Armstrong or disgruntled former Eagle Scout/Obscure Columnist Andy Ray. It really is a no-brainer.

David Clingman
46033


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