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… How Petty is This [NPS goon squad tactics]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 16th,2013

.. this I picked up from CNSnews . com …

CNSNews.com) – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National ...

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Canal between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.”

“It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they don’t care.”

Cumberland Times-News reporter Matthew Bieniek, who first reported that the handles on the park’s old-fashioned water pumps had been removed as part of the federal government shutdown, told CNSNews.com that Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt told him that the pumps had been disabled “to discourage people from attempting to use the park.”

But Michael Nardolilli, president of the non-profit C&O Canal Historical National Park Trust, which runs interpretive programs at the park’s historic lockhouses, later said that the pump handles were removed for “public health reasons.”

“The State of Maryland requires the park to monitor 40 public wells for contaminants every two weeks,” he told CNSNews.com. “When the park was shut down on October 1st, they furloughed the park employees who do the testing,” and the park was “not in compliance with Maryland water quality standards.”

Nardolilli added that C&O is home to “1,300 historical structures, more than any other unit in the National Park Service,” and “60 rare or endangered species.” He said there are currently “no eyes and ears to protect these resources” because the “handful of Park Police still on duty” are too busy patrolling the entrances to the park’s 15,000 acres in a futile attempt to keep people out.

As of Monday, there were no barriers on the footpaths in Cumberland leading to the towpath, which stretches along the Potomac River to Washington, D.C., Bieniek confirmed. “A lot of people are riding their bikes on the towpath. I have not heard about a single person being asked to leave” since the park officially closed, he added.

Nardolilli said he also has not heard any reports that people who enter the park are being arrested or given citations by park police. Neither has Hall. “No one has reported any problems,” she said.

The 150-mile Great Alleghany Passage, which runs from Pittsburgh, Penn. and joins the C&O Canal towpath in Cumberland, is run by a private non-profit and is still open as usual, Hall said. And all but a few NPS-funded campgrounds along the route are also open for business.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which was chartered by President James Monroe, opened in 1828 to allow horse-and mule-pulled barges to transport coal, lumber and agricultural products to Washington. It was used as a shipping lane until 1924.
.. LEC here — It is nice to see that the non – profits and the locals along the trail have picked up the ball . The trail was going to get activity , in any case  . They moved and acted to see that the visitors along the way would be taken care of , and would  not be forgotten about …

.. Northeast Ohio (where I am from) has done something fairly similar . We in Ohio have only one national park in the entire state . It is the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area , which was created in 1974 ,  and designated as a national park in 2001 .

.. It is , as you might expect , is officially “closed . ” However , the length of the recreation area is a transportation and recreation thoroughfare for folks throughout the region (Greater Cleveland and Greater Akron) … Even if they wanted to zip it up tight , they could not . Hopefully , they have not gotten this petty ,  as the National Park Service has been in the D.C./Maryland/WV/Pa region .. Boy , have they ever , from millions  of tweets …

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… Disgusting [ObamaCrap Antics during ShutDown] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,October 4th,2013

.. The Obama Administration has decided to block access to public memorials on the National Mall as a result of the government shutdown. Like its decision to end White House tours when the sequester cuts took effect, there is no rational reason for this. The Park Police, nominally in charge of monitoring these spaces, isn’t even effected by the shutdown. Shutting off access to these sites is gratuitous and petulant.

.. On Monday, the first day of the government shutdown, a number of WWII veterans showed up at a memorial to their service to find that access had been blocked. The memorial is in a public space and is open 24/7, with almost no oversight from Park Police personnel. (Who, by the way, are exempt from the government shutdown.) The White House was, according to reports, informed of the veterans’ visit and chose to block access.

I can tell you, the WWII Memorial is simply an architectural structure in an open public space. There is no official “access” to it. There are no guards. It’s a building in a park. Yet, the Obama Administration tried to block veterans from viewing the public memorial, even after hearing about the planned visit.

Fortunately, the “greatest generation” was having nothing of this and easily overcame the government barricades. (Do we yet again have to rely on this generation to show the promise of America?)

.. On Wednesday, the veterans’ group is planning to visit the Lincoln Memorial, which the Obama Administration has also vowed to close to visitors. I have regularly visited this memorial at one or two in the morning. At those hours, it is a peaceful and reflective place. It is an open space. There is no access that needs to be blocked. It is only by a conscious decision, and a great deal of work, that access would be blocked.

This is nothing more than a petulant response by the Obama Administration to the government shutdown. Over the next week, more than 500 WWII veterans are expected in DC to visit the memorial dedicated to their sacrifice. If the Park Police again try to erect barricades to this public space, it will be another sign that the Obama Administration has made an affirmative decision to separate itself from the American public.

Obama chose this pass. He ought to be made to own it.

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