Anticipating Scouts being more accepting
As a former Scout and determined advocate of equal rights, I find partial encouragement in reading the May 28 article "Reaction 'quiet' on gay Scouts decision." The official policy now opens membership to openly gay youth, who I believe have always deserved this opportunity.
Soon, I hope, the leadership and membership will learn the differences between homosexual adults and adults who are predatory and/or sexually exploitative. Such abusive behavior by adults is statistically as likely to be perpetrated by heterosexual adults, who currently fill the leadership roles in the Scouts. It is the leadership behavior, and the possible risk of manipulating youth from a position of power, that needs to be watched and stopped, not the private activities of consenting adults away from scouting. I anticipate the Scouts and other groups soon moving further to equal respect and inclusion of homosexual adults as leadership partners.
Bush's legacy one of war, debt and torture
Your editorial about George W. Bush's place in history is spot on. I believe he is the worst president in my lifetime. In the puffery surrounding the dedication in Dallas of his new presidential center, one commentator called him "a great military leader" and "a prudent and effective leader in fiscal and economic policy."
A piece of twisted steel salvaged from Ground Zero after 9/11 is part of the museum's exhibit. To me that symbolizes the twisted logic of anyone who would call Bush "a great military leader" or "a prudent and effective leader in fiscal and economic policy."
I would sum up his legacy as war, debt, torture, recession and regression. Anyone interested can read a fuller account in my latest book, "The Reckless Presidency of George W. Bush," which, you can be sure, will not be available on the shelves of the Bush library.
Stony Point, N.Y.
A few years of greed detroyed mountains