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When considering gays in Boy Scouts, remember the Scout Oath/Promise

Updated: March 25, 2013 6:25AM



When considering gays in Boy Scouts, remember the Scout Oath/Promise

There is talk of whether or not the Boy Scouts should allow gays in as Scouts and/or leaders.

It is my hope and prayer that those deliberating the issue remember what the Boy Scouts’ original premise was based on.

They should also review the Scout Oath or Promise:

On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty and God and my Country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help people other at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,

mentally awake and morally straight.

I emphasize the last two words: morally straight.

Dr. Henry Karolus

Eagle Scout

West Dundee

We should help each other overcome dangers of icy sidewalks/driveways

I am very proud to work for the church that Howard and Gene Royer attend. I read the article printed Thursday in The Courier-News about the Royers coming to help their mail carrier after she had fallen on ice and injured her leg. I have no doubt that they would help anyone — they are very compassionate and caring people.

But as a dedicated dog walker, I have been slipping on ice for weeks now. I carry a flashlight at night to help, but the weather lately — and frankly some of the sidewalks I use — is thwarting my efforts.

While ice is a sad fact of life in Midwestern winters, shoveling and salting helps all of us stay safe and away from the emergency room. We’ve all heard the tales of lawsuits from people falling on a cleared sidewalk that had ice on it. I remember when my daughter walked to Larkin High School and was forced onto Larkin Avenue to walk because the sidewalks were so treacherous. That seems quite a bit more unsafe and a stupid reason not to shovel.

While some folks have medical conditions or age-related issues that keep them from shoveling, some do not. It is good to take care of each other — that is what we are called to do. Clearing snow and ice are simple ways to show we care about our property, our neighbors, and those who do not necessarily go mainly from car to house/work/store and back to car during the course of the winter.

Cold weather is hard enough to work/travel in. Let’s keep each other safe.

Ruthie Wimmer

Elgin



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