Bezos mentions ‘Scout troops’ in letter to Washington Post employees

Everyday Americans care about the Boy Scouts of America. You know it, I know it, and, as it turns out, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos knows it.

Bezos made headlines yesterday when he bought The Washington Post for $250 million.

But what you might not have seen was this letter from Bezos to employees of The Post. In it, Bezos explains that “the values of The Post do not need changing.”

Among those values: newspaper readers, who care about Scouts troops, among other important elements of their community. Bezos writes:

Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about — government, local leaders, restaurant openings, Scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports — and working backwards from there.

True, it’s just two words of a few hundred. But I’m heartened to see a powerful American innovator recognizing that the Boy Scouts of America is an essential thread in the fabric of our nation.


Bezos stock photo from Flickr:  Some rights reserved by Mathieu Thouvenin

H/T: Thanks to my good Scouting friend CJ Nusbaum for the story tip

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