An open letter to the California State Parks and Recreation Department
"The parks do not belong to the government. They belong to the people."
By Paul Pitt
Editor’s note: The state is proposing to ban hiking, climbing or other public access off designated trails in all California state parks, including Rancho Cuyamaca, Anza Borrego Desert , Palomar, Mountain, and Torrey Pines State Beach locally among others. Deadline for comment is June 6th. Learn how to make your voice heard by clicking here.
Dear Sirs: Like millions of others I have been visiting California Parks and natural treasures MOST of my 75 year old life.. I have visited (with great pleasure) all of the National Parks and most of the state parks. I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican Border to Warner Springs, from Humber Park to Taqhitz to the Tram and all of Golden Trout wilderness . Yosemite of course and Sequoia, Truckee to Hallelujah Junction, Ft. Bragg to Yreka, Channel Islands. All of this takes some time--and now the government is going to forbid PEOPLE from using THEIR PARKS? That is absolute tyranny. How dare you?
There was a park director in Deerfield Illinois who said, "This would be a nice park district if it were not for the people." He was annoyed by children laughing and playing on swings and slides (which need to be maintained). His view of a good park was watching the grass grow.
The parks do not belong to the government; they belong to the people. They are beautiful. You have a job because the people pay to have parks THEY can use. This is not King John versus Robin Hood nor is it the USSR versus the proletarian. It is incredible that California government has become so detached from its people that it will deny them use of their state.
It is definitely one more example of totalitarianism. The Air Quality Management District (AQMD) is totalitarian enough and NOW the parks? How SICK of anyone to propose such a dastardly idea.
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