Girl Scout cookies delivered to your door

Already the doorbell-ringing has started, and when you open the door, there is a young girl or two offering one of America's best deals.

A chance to buy Girl Scout cookies.

Mothers and grandmothers remember their own times going door-to-door in their neighborhoods offering the classic trefoil shortbread cookies.

Through the years, other varieties have been offered, some of them really terrific, but Girl Scouts, faced with the same marketing problems that affect the rest of the country, this year begin cutting back on the varieties in some districts.

Not ours. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are carrying the full range of cookies this year that they did last year.

Cookies will, however, because of the economy, be scaled back by one ounce per box.

According to The Wall Street Journal, "The stale economy is teaching Girl Scouts a new lesson: the way the cookies crumble."

The Journal says a dozen councils are testing out a plan to reduce the number of varieties offered to just six.

Three varieties are locked in: Trefoil shortbread (of course), thin mints and Do-Si-Dos. A number of others will be available at the test councils and, of course, the councils that are not part of the trial.

Girl Scout cookies are a wonderful tradition that is the principal money-maker for the great programs offered by Girl Scouting; it goes for education, activities, local clubs and national headquarters.

For most of these girls, this is their first experience in going out to meet the public; they have to practice, and they have to know their products.

It would be a shame if any of these girls' first glimpses of the public included having the door slammed in their face.

But it does happen. Rarely.

Instead, buy a box if you can.

Getting your hands on a genuine American icon for $4 is still a pretty good deal.