Dick Dickinson: Parks money should go to parks, not spinoff pro...
Coeur D Alene, ID
#1 Feb 20, 2009
What Dickinson doesn't point out, or perhaps doesn't know, is that the National Park Service does not create the units they are charged with maintaining. Congress creates them, each with specific legislation that states their significance and purpose. Likewise, only Congress can deauthorize them, again, with specific legislation. The National Park Service cannot request that units be created. The agency can only respond, through studies and comment, when Congress proposes that a unit be created. If Dickinson has a problem with the reason a unit was created, he should probably direct his efforts at Congress, rather then the National Park Service.
#2 Feb 20, 2009
With all that is wrong with government, Dickie decides to pick on our national parks? Uncle Sam searches for the almost one trillion dollars from Wall Street and Dickie complains about a two million dollar national park that is available to the three-plus million Twin Cities residents? And then his brief bio suggests he at one time worked for a natural resource agency so maybe he should get it? A complete blowhard piece Dickie. Focus on real government waste and leave our national parks alone. Shame on you. This has to be the worst opinion piece ever published in the Pioneer Press, perhaps it was just a slow day or there was nothing better in the in-box. Crawl back under your rock Dickie and perhaps you will realize that the peanuts spent on our national parks could be tripled easily and still be way under the Wall Street bonuses paid just last year. You may need to get out more.
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