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Mistakes should not tarnish an organization’s overall value

RE Boy Scout files reveal legacy of abuse” (Page A1, Oct. 10): I was unable to understand what value there could be to Globe readers of another report of a venerable institution covering up the presence of pedophiles within its organization. Admittedly, I read the article with a certain morbid curiosity, and upon conclusion regretted my transgression into voyeurism.

The media have heralded similar misguided actions at the hands of the Catholic Church and Penn State University, and now the Boy Scouts of America has joined the hall of shame.

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Later in the day, I went to the Stop & Shop in Westborough. At the fund-raising stand, a Cub Scout and his mother were doing a brisk business in chocolate bars. I thought back to my days of pinewood derbies, crystal radios, and den meetings. Thankfully, reports of the Boy Scouts’ misguided efforts at damage control apparently had not dampened this sales team’s enthusiasm for its mission, or their customers’ appetite for supporting a good cause.

Institutions make mistakes, but these mistakes are not indicative of the overall value of the institutions themselves. I bought three candy bars and gave them away, perhaps symbolic of what the Scouts had given me so long ago and my desire to pay it forward.

Mark W. Cripps


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