Re: Oct. 22 commentary, “‘Be prepared’ for bringing girls into Boys, Cub Scouts.”
The Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council Blackland Prairie District Roundtable handout states that Cub Scout packs can become coed by the choice of their charter organizations, with single gender dens within the pack, or remain boy-only Cub Scout packs.
As these girls in Cub Scouts reach 11-18, there will be a BSA program available for girl-only troops — again, the choice of the charter organizations. Adults in the girl’s dens in the Cub Scouts are expected to seek charter organizations that will host girl troops in BSA and become their all-girl troop adult leaders.
The Boy Scouts age 11-18 will remain single-gender troops. The girl Boy Scouts will form single-gender troops with the same BSA program and rank requirements.
The Venture, Explorer and Sea Scout Programs, now coed for ages 14-21, remains unchanged.
Yours in Scouting,
JOHN HINES, AUSTIN
Re: Oct. 23 commentary, “Austin ISD bond plan would create segregation” and “Austin ISD bond package isn’t perfect but deserves support.”
The situation for the Austin Independent School District is dire if this bond doesn’t pass. Because the Texas Legislature will not update and reform school finance, Austin ISD sends more of our taxpayer dollars to the state than any other “rich” district, though 60 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. That’s over $500 million this year alone.
The beauty of the bond is that we get to spend this money on our schools, which in some cases are literally falling apart. Critics complain the bond spends money on West Austin schools, but Casis Elementary is in terrible shape as a physical structure, earning a condition assessment of 7 out of 100. Do any of our students — high-, low-, or middle-income — deserve attending schools that are substandard and even dangerous?
Please stop bickering about east vs. west. Every school gets necessary upgrades in this bond based on assessed needs.
SARA STEVENSON, AUSTIN
Re: Oct. 24 article, “Prosecutors drop all remaining charges against Rep. Dawnna Dukes.”
The only way to keep the sad, painful saga of state Rep. Dawnna Dukes going would be for the voters of District 46 to re-elect her in 2018 — after she skipped out on more than half of this year’s session.
Voters, on behalf of everyone with an ounce of common sense, please make this bad dream end.
DON STRATMANN, CEDAR PARK
Similar to Gen. John Kelly’s response of being stunned by criticism of President Trump’s message to a grieving widow, I also was surprised. Not everyone thinks it is insensitive to tell the family of a slain soldier that “he knew what he signed up for.”
My buddy and fellow Marine Lee Roy Herron died heroically in Vietnam. When I visited his mother, Lorea, she immediately told me that he had died doing what he wanted to do in life: fight for our country and the Marine Corps.
That strong feeling was Lorea Herron’s greatest consolation from her only son’s death. He knew exactly what he signed up for, including possibly dying for his country.
Trump should not be maligned over so-called insensitivity in his statements. His message may not be much consolation right now to a grieving widow, but she rightfully can be proud that he expressed that sentiment to her.
DAVID NELSON, HOUSTON