EDITOR’S DESK: A win-win and a lose-lose
There's a lot to like about the Boy Scouts' 100-year anniversary Camporee at Glen Eyrie this weekend. I have come to detest the phrase “win-win,” because
bureaucrats overuse it so much, but it truly seems to apply in this case. Without wading too deeply into philosophical waters, it's fair to say that Glen Eyrie and the Boy
Scouts, both of which are founded on Christian values pertaining to ethics, morality and good works, have a lot in common. Then throw into the mix the eight miles of
Glen Eyrie trails and the need for energetic, trained young people to work on them, and, well... there's just one "win" after another. A key figure in the story is Bob
Johnson, who has coupled his experience in trail-building with his work in Scouting and who is eager to keep working on the Glen's Palmer-vintage trails. There's also
Jack McQueeney, the executive director of Glen Eyrie, who has a lifelong background in Boy Scouts. So it's easy to see how this relationship could have a long and
prosperous future. And, let's not forget that another part of the "win" scenario is folks like us, because we're allowed to hike the private Glen Eyrie trails as long as we
respect the property-owning Navigators' understandable request that we register with with them in advance.
Contrast the above with the "lose-lose" scenario affecting the major road needs on the Westside and the area as a whole. What I surmise from the current brouhaha (see Page 1) is that both sides of the political spectrum are more interested in scoring points on each other than providing an honest appraisal of the situation. No doubt there's a funding problem, but not quite as bad as the Republicans make out nor as sanguine as the Democrats would like it perceived. So how does their lose- lose become a win-win? Maybe they should camp out together and work on trails.