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Rod Lammer, LaMoure, N.D., Published March 18 2014

Letter: Another way to help Scouts

I can’t for the life of me understand why John Kraft (Forum, March 14) thinks Wal-Mart or any other retailer should let competing entities under its roof. No one forced those girls or their mother to stand out there on that particular day and endure the cold. It probably helped them sell the cookies – the pitty factor.

Nothing wrong with the concept of Girl Scout cookies, but if you want an eye-opener, check out the salary of the CEO of the organization and her exorbitant spending habits. And she’s just one of a huge bureaucracy. So while the girls who do the legwork and endure the cold get trinkets and baubles, the officials of the organization live the high life thanks to the efforts of those young ladies and their families. It’s not even a reasonable facsimile of the vision of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the GSA, on March 12, 1912.

Buy the cookies. Enjoy them. But if you really want to help the local chapter of the GSA, donate to them directly. Anna Maria Chavez, the current CEO, doesn’t really need any of your dollars. She’s doing just fine, thank you.