It’s one thing for gays to be Boy Scouts, quite another to be leaders
[Re] the May 28 letter from a Boy Scout who was overjoyed to hear that Boy Scouts of America had voted to drop the ban on gay Scouts, the writer felt it unfortunate that adult leaders were still unable to be involved in Boy Scouting. The truth is, there have been homosexual leaders and most probably there are still some who are involved in Boy Scouting.
I have no problem with people who want to live an alternative lifestyle, but I do have a problem when adults prey on children. There are homosexual men who wouldn’t think of engaging in sexual acts with young boys, but unfortunately many who would — and do. I have had four boys in scouting, and have been involved [with Boy Scouts] for over 60 years, as a boy and adult.
Boy Scouting is a great program, and I am thankful my children had the experience. I would have to pull my children from the program if the Scouts’ policy openly allowed homosexuals to be professionals or leaders. Putting boys in harm’s way is not what Boy Scouting is about!
Gary P. Guido
Businesses don’t deserve still more tax breaks
Re May 30 editorial, Tax-free zones just the ticket for upstate”: I am on a limited pension and can barely afford my current bills. I keep my heat at 60 degrees in the winter and 58 overnight because my bills are too high. I don’t use air conditioning in the summer because it is too expensive to run with my high electric rates.
How about giving people like me a break, who don’t have a lot of money but want to stay in our homes? We are taxed at excessively high rates, and if our governor get his way, we will have tax-free zones [for businesses and their employees on or near college campuses], But who will have to make up for the lost revenue? People like me!
Stop siding with big business; side with the lower middle-class people like me, who get no breaks!
Anti-fracking vote will save Fulton’s environment
The two-year struggle to protect 41,000-plus acres in the heart of Schoharie County [ended in victory] May 13.
The town of Fulton adopted its law to ban fracking. Most people see this as a “no-brainer,” since it will protect our beloved valley, its six feet-plus topsoil, and successful farming community.
So come out, everyone, shop at our farm stands selling products from our frack-free farms. Bring your bikes or run along the wide shoulders of Route 30. You won’t be mowed down by a convoy of tractor trailers hauling toxic chemicals. Hike Vroman’s Nose. Look out onto the breadbasket of the Revolution, unscarred by fracking well pads. Breathe in all that oxygen, without choking on methane gas released into the atmosphere during well drilling.
Cool off in the waterfalls that still exist, because they haven’t been depleted by the billions of gallons of water used for the fracking process. Swim, fish, canoe in the rivers and creeks that have not turned into toxic spillways.
At night, listen to the frogs and crickets that won’t be muffled by the noise of heavy industry. And view the stars through the dark, unpolluted sky.
Tour de Cure a fund-raising ride, not a race
It was wonderful to see the Gazette devote front-page space to the 2013 Tour de Cure [June 3]. Almost every year the event sets new records for the number of participants and the amount of money raised.
As a two-time participant, I feel I must correct the references to the event as a race and to the participants as racers and competitors. The Tour de Cure is not a race, and there is no recording of places or times. No one knows or cares where they finished.
On the road there is a strong feeling of camaraderie rather than competition. Riders encourage one another, share stories, and offer aid when needed. The only race associated with the Tour de Cure is the race to cure diabetes.
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