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Girl Scouts stand by Barbie deal | March 7

Don't outsource reputation

I remember when vending machines for soda were first brought into schools. I thought it disgraceful and still do. It was done for money.

Everyone knew that soda was not healthy and that milk and orange juice were better choices. But money, it always wins. Again, I thought that educational institutions should be wholesome and an example for those they were attempting to teach.

Now, the Girl Scouts are defending their "business partnership" with Mattel, maker of the Barbie doll.

The Girl Scouts are a great institution with a long history of wholesome values and decency. To place that reputation in the hands of a profit-making company is a poor decision.

We now seek solutions from our government to fix society citing our failed institutions. Hey, institutions, turn away from the money. Great institutions should lead by example, not just words, and surely not by money.

Yes, the soda machines brought in a lot of money, financed a lot of good school programs, but at the price of example. Children learn by watching much more than by listening. Hey, Girl Scouts, never outsource your reputation. Your purpose resides in the hearts of those who used to wear little brown and green uniforms. No matter how noble your intentions, it's not worth the money.

James Mathieu, Port Richey

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