I have a very controversial position today. Sorry if you disagree, but I feel I must speak out.
Here goes: In my view, it is okay for boy scouts to do good deeds.
There, I said it. Sorry if you find my view repugnant. Eh? What’s that? You agree with me? Great! I always prefer it when you and I are on the same page.
Sadly, though, the president of a Pennsylvania chapter of the Service Employees International Union does not agree. Nick Balzano is upset that 17-year-old Kevin Anderson cleared a path so people could better enjoy a river. Kevin is pursuing an Eagle Scout badge and did the work voluntarily.
Balzano threatened the city of Allentown because it had recently laid off some union workers. He thinks it’s a sin to not only reduce labor costs but also get some work done for free. I think Balzano should try for a couple merit badges of his own. Maybe a logic badge and a common sense badge, for starters.
Turns out a lot of people agree with me. Balzano has resigned in the wake of a firestorm of protest . . . without learning a thing, apparently. He insists he’s got nothing against boy scouts. He’s just “trying to protect my jobs.”
Let’s hope his union never gets a city contract to help little old ladies cross the street.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.