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Thread #62901   Message #1596935
Posted By: Amos
03-Nov-05 - 09:37 PM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Castleberry's closing remarks deserve quoting:

Former Director Roger Kennedy has accurately identified the Hoffman
>strategy. The August draft threatened to take off a leg. The October
>draft says "no, no, we will only take off a foot," and hopes we will be
>relieved and grateful at the somewhat diminished harm. It was the bitter
>duty of the career National Park Service employees to whom the Department
>of Interior is now attributing this draft to diminish the severity of the
>amputation. They did the best they could, but harm has only been
>diminished or masked, not eliminated. Fortunately, there are over 430
>National Park Service retirees whose jobs are not at risk, and we can say
>what the career employees cannot-that there is NO need for any amputation
>at all, and any amputation is unacceptable.
>    Mr. Chairman, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees challenges
>the Department of the Interior to explain why this revision is needed. The
>public certainly did not ask for it-95percent of American park visitors
>rate their visits good to excellent. Perhaps the Department, instead of
>telling us that 100 National Park Service employees worked on the draft
>could tell us what percentage of National Park Service career professionals
>believes the October proposal is actually needed-specifically whether it is
>better or worse than the policies now in effect. We have been there and we
>know the answers-they are not needed and they are not only worse than the
>present policies but if adopted they will place the heritage of all
>Americans in extreme jeopardy.