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Reader feedback: Disney and Scout funding

Here in the Valley, Boy Scout funding is a huge topic, especially since the decision last year, of many of the local United Way chapters to discontinue funding for the organization until they openly accept homosexual leaders and members.

They now allow gay members, but not gay adults and leaders.

Disney has now taken a stand, discontinuing funding for the Boy Scouts because of their stance on openly gay leaders.

And that has people talking:

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It seems like the Boy Scouts decision on gay scouts will not dismiss the issue anytime soon, as the organization may have been hoping it would.

Until there’s a clear position for everyone, this is going to continue.

What do you think? Was Disney in the right?

Eagle Scout Award – Congrats, Chris!

1467239_702970706379823_817624881_nYesterday, a very deserving young man received his Eagle Scout award, for a beautiful memorial in Riverside that I visited this summer.

Unfortunately, I was under the weather yesterday, and I couldn’t share the ceremony with him, but I wanted to say congratulations on a job well done to Chris Morgan for a memorial that really has brightened up the community.

It’s always nice to see such memorials to veterans, but especially nice when they come from people who truly care about making the community and better and brighter place.

Once again, congratulations Chris!

Reader reaction to DOMA and Prop 8 decisions

Yesterday morning was a crazy time here, as we – along with millions of others – waited to hear the Supreme Court’s decisions on two important cases involving gay marriage.

Here’s what they decided, in what is seen as two major victories for gay rights:

The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. One decision wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that has kept legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits.

Click here to read the complete text of the court’s opinion and dissent in the DOMA case.

The other was a technical ruling that said nothing at all about same-sex marriage, but left in place a trial court’s declaration that California’s Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. That outcome probably will allow state officials to order the resumption of same-sex weddings in the nation’s most populous state in about a month.

Readers were swift to react – on both sides of the issue. However much of it was in support of the rulings:

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Memorial Day – Riverside’s new flags

You’ve probably read in the Danville News about Chris Morgan, the Boy Scout who, for his Eagle Scout project, decided to help spruce up the Riverside war memorial, which prominently features in the Riverside and Rush Township Memorial Day service, which was held Sunday.

I happen to know Chris and know that he’s a great kid.

So Sunday, we went to the Memorial Day service, which would be the first to feature Chris’ completed project. It was amazing and beautiful.

Veterans and the public alike were amazed to see what he created for the community to enjoy and remember the people who have fought for freedom.

The new space features landscaping surrounding the monument and seven flag poles, the American flag and a flag for each of the ranches of the service as well as a POW-MIA flag.

The sun was out and made for a great morning to look over the new monument.

Here’s some photos of the monument and service:

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This is before the ceremony began, showing the plain flag poles

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