The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Letters

March 7, 2013

United Way controversy

It is hard to say whether the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way Board should be commended for its decision to withhold discretionary funding for the Boy Scouts until the national organization completes reviewing its pernicious policies discriminating against gay men and boys. People who are offended by the United Way's decision should re-read the press release. Keri Albright states clearly that "The United Way will still deliver donations specifically designated to the Boy Scouts." It is only discretionary funding that is affected, and that only temporarily, until the Boy Scouts come to their senses (or not, as the case might well be).

Some of us have kept our children out of Boy Scouts because of their discriminatory policies, even though the Scouts are otherwise a wonderful organization. We would have liked to see the United Way take a stronger stance, say by suspending its relations with the Scouts altogether, years ago.

But they have taken what is evidently a middle road. It's absurd to be accusing them of caving in to leftists or elitists or homosexuals when what they are doing is so tepid. Of course the simplest solution would be for the Scouts to open their hearts, minds and doors, so all of us could benefit from the opportunities they provide.

Mitch Hart and Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Lewisburg

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