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Readers speak out about The N&O's story on the quality of this year's Girl Scout cookies

February 18, 2008 

Thank you to all the people who bought Girl Scout cookies at the booth sales after The N&O published its cookie-bashing story on the front page Feb. 16. The news value of the story was that the Girl Scouts were replacing cookies that might have gotten wet. The snarky opinions of people in the newsroom as to how the cookies tasted compared to what they remember about last year's cookies should have been relegated to the editorial page.

The newspaper staff members amusing themselves at their own wit came at the cost of potentially reducing sales for the only fundraiser the Girl Scouts hold each year. The individual troops buy the cookies in advance and make 50 cents per box. The troops, not the council, stand to lose money if they don't sell the cookies they've already bought.

As someone who has faithfully purchased wrapping paper, magazines, candy bars, popcorn and all manner of products I don't need but do so because I want to support organizations that benefit kids, I find the snide remarks of your staff offensive. They are in sharp contrast to the Girl Scout cookie customers who gamely pay $3.50 to a girl hawking cookies on a blustery day because they want to support the good work of Girl Scouts.

Nancy E. Oates
Chapel Hill

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Give us a break. This is our one big fundraiser for the year.

Both bakers changed the recipes this year to make the cookies healthier -- for YOU. They both took out the trans fat. Maybe that's why they tasted different? They removed a gram of fat from some of the cookies -- to make them healthier for YOU the consumer.

I have had a few people comment on the change, but for the most part people have liked the new cookies. The "Lemonades" are awesome. Most people like the "Thanks a Lot" better than the "All Abouts," and people have told me that the "Caramel Delites" have more caramel.

Let people make up their own minds. If columnist J. Peder Zane knows what a milkbone tastes like, maybe we shouldn't trust his taste in cookies.

My nine high school-aged Girl Scouts use the money they earn to cook lunch and dinner for 36 homeless women at a shelter in downtown Raleigh. They also participate in leadership activities that will help them become the leaders of tomorrow.

N.C. Coastal Pines could have ignored this issue. Most companies would have. It affected just a small number of cases.

But we are Girl Scouts. We did the right thing -- imagine that -- and thanks to The N&O our sales will be down this year.

Sorry to all of the people who would have benefited from our community service. We have no money. Our cookies were healthier this year.

Wendy Chambers
Leader, Girl Scout Troop 877
Raleigh

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Congratulations on your decision to put the Girl Scout cookie article on Page One while pushing the AP story about money laundering to Page 8. Our law enforcement agencies can't stop a multibillion-dollar money laundering scheme by suspected drug lords -- but we can kneecap the fundraising drive of a national service organization dedicated to building character and skills needed in life.

So, why don't you continue the hard-hitting series:

1b) A follow-up about the greenhouse gases emitted by all of the Girl Scout moms (like my wife) in their SUVs/vans picking up the "stale" cookies and exchanging them at the warehouse.

2) A story next fall on how the Boy Scout popcorn "seemed" to have more unpopped kernels than prior years.

3) A tie-in with the Food Network; FN chefs tell us that the middle school candy bars lack the snap and pure chocolate flavor of E. Guittard. Extend to the band's fruit and nut offerings.

4) Inform us that the boxed donuts at the elementary school lack the yeasty freshness available at the donut factory downtown.

5) Give the series "legs." Attend church potluck suppers and find a disgruntled attendee who can inform us that Mrs. Brown's chicken casserole this year was overcooked and dry. Once you have you reduced the funds available for all of the services organizations and you've really gotten your act together, maybe you could follow up on that money laundering ring or perhaps even write something about al-Qaida's financing.

If the series sells more papers and generates some needed ad dollars, perhaps you could make a charitable donation to the Girl Scouts of America.

Robert Shockley
Cary

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