Let me tell you about my own personal experience with United Way bullying.
In 1942, the Boy Scout troop in our town started a paper drive as part of the war effort. It continued after the war as a service to the community and as a source of funds for the troop until about 2000, when the government instituted mandatory recycling.
I was on the United Way board at one time in charge of professional solicitation. I was informed by the board president that the Scout troop would have to discontinue the paper drive during the months that the United Way was soliciting funds because they would be competing with the United Way for funds and that would be in violation of their rules and we could lose funding from the United Way.
Did you ever hear of anything so stupid? As if people dropping off their paper at the paper drive would in some way reduce their contribution to the United Way.
Now the board is withholding funding to the Boy Scouts because of their policy on gays. I will not interject my personal feelings on this issue because they are immaterial. The fact is that the board is publicly discriminating against this organization for a policy that has been ruled legal by the Supreme Court of the United States. The Supreme Court decided that since the organization was private, it could make its own rules as to membership.
Now this liberal elitist group that should be representing the people of the Susquehanna Valley has decided that its high moral intelligence is superior to the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States and that this ruling is null and void.
Whatever the Boy Scouts of America decide to do is their own business. The United Way should keep to its charitable ways and stay out of moral and political controversy. The next time you get that envelope in the mail or at work you may want to reconsider how your contribution is being controlled.
Perhaps you will say like I do, "No thanks, I will contribute my money directly to those organizations that more closely represent my morals and values."
Richard "Doc" Sheaffer,