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Cambridge votes down scoutsí aid for Iraq GIs
The Boston Herald ^ | 11/16/07 | Mike Underwood

Posted on 11/16/2007 3:42:49 PM PST by Bluestateredman

Big-hearted Boy Scouts collecting donations for care packages for U.S. troops are still scratching their heads after being sent packing from polling stations when Cambridge officials ruled their generous effort “political.”

“We just wanted to make a lot of troops happy,” said Scout Patrick O’Connor, 16. “I was devastated that someone would think to take (the donation boxes) out,” he said.

O’Connor of West Cambridge was one of the Scouts who wanted to collect toiletries, magazines, candy and other items for care packages after one of his relatives was injured in an IED explosion while serving in Iraq.

“He mentioned to me that some people got care packages from home and how happy it made them,” the Scout said.

Troop 45 Cambridge Boy Scouts placed boxes in the city’s 33 polling stations on Election Day.

But someone complained to the city, allegedly claiming the boxes were a “political statement,” and the boxes were removed.

“This was not about supporting the war or any politician or political view. This was supporting the brave men and women who are stationed overseas,” said troop committee chairman Jamisean Patterson, 35.

Patterson said the Scouts were given verbal permission by the city election commission twice and at the polling stations as well. A promotion for the polling place collections was still up yesterday on the Veterans’ Services Department section of the city’s Web site.

Marsha Weinerman, executive director of the city’s election commission, confirmed she received a complaint on Election Day, “Because I did not have confirmation that the Boy Scouts had obtained permission to put their boxes in the buildings, the boxes were removed.”

State law prohibits political statements pertaining to a particular election within 150 feet of any polling station.

But there is no law preventing someone promoting an unrelated political message within 150 feet of any polling station.

Cambridge Vice Mayor Timothy J. Toomey Jr. said a breakdown in communication, rather than malice, led to the boxes being removed.

“Boy Scouts Troop 45’s efforts to support our troops are a benefit for the entire community, and the council will be working with them to ensure that their goals are fully realized,” he said in a written statement.

Financial donations, which will be used to buy items for the care packages, can be sent to the Scouts at Troop 45, P.O. Box 381241, Cambridge, MA 02238. Checks should be made payable to Troop 45.

Scouts' aid: + Editorial: Clueless in Cambridge (144) Comments | Post / Read Comments


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: boy; boyscouts; bsa; carepackages; moonbats; onthehomefront; scouts
Real nice

We "support the troops"

1 posted on 11/16/2007 3:42:50 PM PST by Bluestateredman
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To: Bluestateredman; RonF; AppauledAtAppeasementConservat; Looking for Diogenes; ...

2 posted on 11/16/2007 3:47:25 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Bluestateredman

Thanks again Code Pink et al.


3 posted on 11/16/2007 3:49:01 PM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: Bluestateredman

So the scouts get given verbal permission by the city election commission twice and at the polling stations as well, but “someone un-named” makes a complaint and it gets the whole thing stopped? I would demand that persons name from Marsha WEINERman. Bet her whole wardrobe is all Pink!


4 posted on 11/16/2007 3:56:30 PM PST by Bommer ("He that controls the spice controls the universe!" (unfortunately that spice is Nutmeg!)
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To: Bluestateredman

If American ever needed an enema I think God would start in Mass.


5 posted on 11/16/2007 4:04:14 PM PST by JamesA
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To: Bluestateredman; SandRat

Hopefully these Scouts can take these “lemons” and with the bad publicity, make wonderful “lemonade” for the troops....that most folks will be astonished about what happened and rally around the reason for the boxes.


6 posted on 11/16/2007 4:08:25 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: JamesA

Who would live there, America hating ACLU sucking morons.


7 posted on 11/16/2007 4:13:19 PM PST by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: boomop1
Ok now that we have called the two-faced socialists in Cambridge names what are we going to do to help the Scouts with their project? Does anyone have addresses we can write too? Or anyone know where we can send food or money to help the Scouts? (I still will never buy Levi’s again since the company pulled its support of the Scouts). So what can Freepers do about this travesty?
8 posted on 11/16/2007 4:53:38 PM PST by St.Mark
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To: Kathy in Alaska
"most folks will be astonished about what happened and rally around the reason for the boxes."

Yes, and then they will happily re-elect Ms.Weinerman.

9 posted on 11/16/2007 7:18:39 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: Bommer

I’d lay $100 down that it was Weinerman herself that is the “source” of the so-called complaint.


10 posted on 11/16/2007 7:23:06 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: tgslTakoma; Doctor Raoul; BufordP; Jimmy Valentine's brother; 3D-JOY

Liberals block the Scouts from collecting donations for the troops. Won’t let them collect at the polls b/c “’donations for the troops’ is a political statement” according to the liberals there.

Can we now say that the liberals (at least in Cambridge) don’t really support the troops?


11 posted on 11/17/2007 10:39:01 AM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: trooprally

See my comments above.


12 posted on 11/17/2007 11:39:26 AM PST by BillF (Fight terrorists in Iraq & elsewhere, instead of waiting for them to come to America!)
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To: BillF

We can say that the citizens of Cambridge need to be on the next ship leaving the U.S. as they at traitorous b*stards


13 posted on 11/19/2007 5:37:03 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Democrat, a synonym for Traitor)
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