I am a Girl Scout leader who is disgusted by the negative campaign by Trefoil Integrity. It went on a media blitz of sorts, encouraging people to boycott cookies in order to send a message to the regional council.
The problem is, it is hurting the girls and troops. Our troop counts on our profits to use for activities and community service.
We will make a decent profit this year; however, it will not be as much as we would like. In our two booths so far, we’ve had people question us about the boycott and then not make purchases.
We’ve even been on the receiving end of condescending comments regarding the profit and the perceived “hokeyness” of the sales.
This is not fair to the girls. I am not a fan of the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, but I wouldn’t do anything to sabotage the very people the organization supports.
It isn’t fair or decent to put the girls in this awkward spot. They shouldn’t be caught up in this battle, and that is exactly what Trefoil Integrity has done by its campaign.
I am disgusted at the reporting about the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
According to reports, Chavez and his family were worth about $2 billion at the time of his death.
The country has as much oil resources as any in the Middle East, yet the poverty rate increased during Chavez’s eight-year rule.
He nationalized the country’s oil industry, to much ballyhoo that it was for Venezuela’s poor. This tripe was reported early and often by our media and the likes of Sean Penn. Chavez stole billions from his people.
The media in Caracas and elsewhere should list his death under “Civic improvements,” not the obituaries, and his soul should be arrested before it can leave the country.
Duane L. Doyle
Women deciding for themselves
I am writing in response to the March 5 letter, “Toll of legal abortion.” Legal abortions are much safer than illegal ones, and they are about five times as safe as carrying a pregnancy to term.
In 1972, with state legislatures in control, there were 39 known deaths from abortion in the United States.
In 1974, the first year of Roe v. Wade, with individual women in control of their own pregnancies, there were only five. Clearly, women deciding for themselves did a much better job of protecting their health than did the government.
Some want government to make the decision for a woman who faces a problem pregnancy. Others would have the woman decide for herself.
D is for down
I’m dissatisfied with a government that has allowed real wages to decline for the past 40 years.
I’m disappointed in a government that has sent our young to kill and die in unnecessary wars for 60 years.
I’m disillusioned in a government that spends more than it takes in.
I’m disheartened by a society that idly watches as the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.
And I’m distrusting of elected officials who abolish smoking except in the offices in which they work.