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Letters to the Editor

Public park defunded, then shut down

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a privately-funded national park. The National Park Service formally defunded this park in 1980, and the park has not received one red cent. (Please, that refers to the color of copper, and is neither racist nor sexist. If you are “offended,” take a deep breath and please just go away.) Not a penny from the federal government in more than 32 years.

In spite of this, the current heavy-handed administration has ordered that the park be closed. It sent out federal agents, previously printed signs, and issued “warnings” to anyone who dared trespass. A local chamber of commerce annual celebration was chased out by National Park Service police. 

This park’s display gives visitors a look at the way people lived and worked in the late 1700s. Obviously that makes it subversive at the very least. It’s so, oh, you know, obsolete.

Although there is not enough money available to the current administration to allow  veterans groups from around the country arriving on Honor Flights to visit the National World War II Memorial in D.C. (How much do barricades and security to keep them out cost?), there are sufficient funds available to illegally shut down a patriotic, privately funded, public park that the federal government left for dead decades ago.

Rather than Park Service uniforms, they should perhaps be outfitted in Ronald McWhat’sHisName costumes. Much more fitting for the current clowns in control.

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