Feb. 5, 2013: Our readers write

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On Glen Dale Children’s Home

As a past president of the Glen Dale Children’s Home Alumni I was thoroughly impressed with the sentiment shared in Neal Cardin’s column about the role that Glen Dale Children’s Home played in the Hardin County community.

Furthermore I would like to comment that as one of the “Home Kids” most of us felt that Hardin County welcomed us with open arms and made us feel that we were in a community that truly cared for us.

It is truly sad to me, and to many other alums, that Glen Dale is no longer able to provide the loving, supportive, and encouraging environment to troubled and hurting children that we were able to enjoy. Many of the children who left Glen Dale went on to accomplish significant contributions to other communities, some went on to make larger mistakes in their lives, but all were impacted by the lessons they learned while in the care of the KBHC agency.

Thank you Mr. Cardin for such an insightful and heart-tugging reminiscence — it is much appreciated. For alums who are interested there is a group on Facebook for Glen Dale Children’s Home Alumni & Staff. Anyone impacted by this great agency is welcome to join.

Russell Lemons

Responding to pressure on Scouts

Though disagreement about the morality of homosexuality dominates the controversy over the Boy Scouts of America’s policy on homosexual leaders and members, the core issue is broader. The freedom for this private organization to set its membership rules, confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2000, impacts us all. If political and cultural pressure can undermine the right of BSA to uphold a moral code, that freedom in general will deteriorate.

Parents of local Scouts cherish the right to teach their children morality and partner with Boy Scouts of America because it reinforces similar morality. Deron Smith, a spokesman for BSA, recently reported “The vast majority of parents value their right to address issues of same-sex orientation within their family ... at the appropriate time and right setting.”

For over a hundred years, BSA has undertaken “to prepare young people to make ethical choices.” If BSA removes its century-long safeguard over local troops, pressure to change local policy will be relentless, putting countless troops and sponsors in the unacceptable position of violating their beliefs: beliefs America was founded to protect. If troops’ right to teach right and wrong is compromised, other rights will be next. The head of American Atheists believes “If they [BSA] are considering lifting the ban on gays, that’s a good thing, that’s progress. I would hope they remove the rest of the bigotry and admit atheists as well.”

It is progress, progress toward a society powerless to declare anything right or wrong apart from popular opinion. It is progress away from protecting constitutional rights and valuing the belief in God carved onto our national monuments, preserved in our historical documents, and echoed in personal letters and speeches of countless leaders. For freedom’s sake, encourage BSA to continue its history of honoring the moral code its members cherish.

Jody Ingalls