Dear editor,

Homecoming, return to old school: the annual return to somebody's old school or college, usually at a prescribed time of year, for celebrations with other alumni.

For the last 39 years of my life I have lived in Chatfield, not only grew up here but also graduated from here and then have gone on to continue to raise my children here and attempt to teach them strong moral and societal values that I deeply believe in. I also have led the ever struggling Boy Scout Troop 43 in a very difficult time of non support from parents and adults that are just "too busy" to help out an organization that attempts to help the young boys/men of this community. Don't get me wrong there are a very select few that repeatedly help out the scouts, but why should it be only the very select few? I, in the past, wrote a grant to the Chatfield Community Foundation and they awarded our Scouts with a large grant to put toward the purchase of an enclosed trailer to safely transport all necessary equipment and our scouts to outings and camp outs. This trailer has for the last two years has always been stored in front of my residence as we were not allowed to park it by city hall where our Boy Scout room is.

Why do I bring this into the conversation about Homecoming? In the above definition do you see ANYWHERE does it state, an occasion to deface property? I could handle, although do not condone, the toilet paper that plastered my home, trees, shrubbery and the Rainbow Playsystem we have in a fenced in backyard. I even was quite appalled at the ketchup all over the foundation and side of my house, staining the white siding and not to mention the hood of my vehicle that was covered as well. The ACTS, and I use the plural form as I had to scrub it off FIVE times, that take the cake are the words of nasty profanity that were carved, not just written in soap, on three sides of the BOY SCOUT TRAILER. Not only were the words of such nasty nature but the very LARGE picture of male genitalia that also bore my son's name, who everyone knows is active in scouts, in the center was a great added touch! The Chatfield police officer that has quite a collection of photos now of these acts of violence was very pleasant each time he needed to respond to my call. I thank him for that.

Here-in lies the challenge to you parents and citizens of Chatfield, What kind of future do you want for your children and what are you really teaching them?? I want to attach two other notes, not that your son or even your daughter should join an organization such as the boy or girl scouts but this is a little Food For Thought.

Boy Scouts of America purpose:

"The purpose of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using methods which are now in common use by the Boy Scouts.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America

It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential.

Shouldn't we all as citizens and parents want this mission for ALL OF OUR CHILDREN???

Respectfully yet deeply saddened,

Scoutmaster of Troop 43 of Chatfield

Ronda Fishbaugher