In recent weeks, we have witnessed the funeral services for President Gerald Ford and heard those who spoke, and we have witnessed those who worked with him and knew him best use these words and phrases to describe him: honest, trustworthy, integrity, man of principle, treated other people well, and put the good of the nation before his own personal agenda.

He brought decency and honor to the office. He was a man of deep religious beliefs. And his love for his wife, Betty, and their children was always evident.

These are things he learned as he memorized the Scout oath and the Scout law, or it was a reminder of what he had learned at home.

I wish there was a way to convince parents that having their boys involved in Scouting is worth the effort, especially with all the bad there is going on around us that boys can get involved in.

Here in the Hermiston area only about 15 percent of boys of Scouting age are involved. Scouting has been available here for many years.

The First Christian Church has sponsored a Scouts troop since 1944, and the local Eagles Lodge has had a Cub Scout pack since 1950. And there are many other community organizations sponsoring scouting units in all of our local communities.

I was fortunate enough to have been involved in Scouting as a youth. The things I learned and the patriotism I developed has been a guide for my entire life. I wish every young man could have that experience.

Malcolm Skinner


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