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May 25, 1992 |
When John Cox first visited the internment camp where about 10,000 Japanese-Americans were forcibly relocated during World War II, he was shocked--not by what he saw, but by what he didn't see. "There was nothing," the 16-year-old Northridge Boy Scout said of his trip last year. "There was just these two guard shacks and a few walls still standing. There's really nothing but a memorial plaque to tell you what really happened here."
February 1, 2014 |
It took 20 million years of wind and water erosion to form an eye-catching, mushroom-shaped boulder in a Utah state park. Heaving the stone off its perch took a man just 10 seconds, and the action sparked international disgust. A pair of former Boy Scout leaders who said they destroyed the rock formation to protect people from being crushed by it were charged with felony mischief this week, Utah state parks officials announced. In October, David Benjamin Hall, 42, taped Glenn Tuck Taylor, 45, pushing the stone to the ground.
April 23, 2013
Re "Scout officials endorse dual tack on gays," April 20 Aside from being annoying and insulting, the recommendation of top Boy Scouts of America officials to allow gay boys to become members while continuing to bar gay men from being leaders is completely illogical. The basic mission of the Boy Scouts is to help young boys become upstanding adult men. By extension, that means helping self-identified gay male youths, likely now to be among the Boy Scouts' ranks, to become upstanding gay adult men. How can that possibly occur when those gay youths see that precisely who they are supposed to become are personae non gratae once they are adults?
February 12, 2013
Re "Scout board delays action on gays," Feb. 7 Scouting originated in Britain, where the Scouts organization welcomes gays. Canada's Scouting organization and most in Europe do likewise. At the California Supreme Court, the Boy Scouts successfully argued that it is a religious organization. It later denied that it is a religious organization that would be required by California law to pay full commercial rent for use of government facilities. At the U.S. Supreme Court, the Boy Scouts argued that it is a private organization allowed to set standards for own members.
January 3, 2013
Re "Top execs didn't report suspected Scout abuse," Dec. 31 On Monday and Christmas Day (among others), The Times published front-page articles about the Boy Scouts of America's sexual abuse reporting practices relative to its Ineligible Volunteer Files. I'm an Eagle Scout and have been a scouting volunteer for more than 45 years, and I've never witnessed a case of sexual abuse in the organization. However, I do not condone the past practices of the Boy Scouts. Those policies have changed with required criminal background checks of volunteers.
July 19, 2012
The Boy Scouts of America, an organization once known mainly for welcoming boys to a world of adventure, self-sufficiency and good citizenship, now is more famous for the groups of people it bans: atheists, agnostics and homosexuals. It's been a sad evolution and an unnecessary one. The Girl Scouts, as well as international Scouting organizations, have carried out their similar missions without resorting to intolerance. By refusing once again this week to admit gay people to its ranks, either as Scouts or leaders, the Boy Scouts may have satisfied some of the religious organizations that sponsor many of its troops, but it risks long-term irrelevance.