September 18, 2012
In his Sept. 9 letter , William Pepelko correctly stated that cuts in the National Park Service's budget over the years have diminished its ability to adequately maintain park facilities. Not stated in the letter were the related problems created by the efforts of well-meaning but ill-advised conservation organizations to bring more lands into the park system. Perhaps it is time to say "enough" until we can take proper care of what we already have. Pete Bermel, Great Falls
March 21, 2009
Jerome P. Akman [" At Least Our Dogs Will Be Okay ," Close to Home, March 8] surely is not a dog owner. His opposition to a vibrant and improved park system in Washington, including off-leash areas, smacks at the quality of life so many people need these days. Owning a dog in the city or suburb is a challenge, especially with the space constraints. For those who chose to own dogs and are conscientious about providing them with sufficient off-leash activity, supporting the development of "dog parks" with their taxes is a bargain.
October 8, 2009 |
The troubled Montgomery Parks Foundation could become a fundraising organization for the county's park system, according to the development director of the only self-supporting park system in Montgomery Country. The Planning Board created the foundation in 1992 to support and enhance the county's park system, but questions about its purpose and funding were ongoing. The foundation's board of trustees voted in December to suspend operations and transfer leadership to new trustees while the Planning Board determined the foundation's...
October 19, 2009 |
The National Park Service says it is satisfied with the results of a year-long inspector general's investigation that found no criminal violations by John A. Latschar, the superintendent of one of the agency's most popular facilities, Gettysburg National Military Park. It will not say, however, how it handled a violation of department policy that was documented in the course of the investigation -- Latschar's use of his office computer over a two-year period to search for and view more than...
April 19, 2009 |
Sandy Kosch used to pedal her bicycle to Lake Accotink on summer days when she was growing up in Burke. Now that she lives farther away in the Sully District, she drives there to walk or bike. But these days, Kosch said, she is thinking of leaving her car at her parents' house near the popular water park to avoid a new $4 entrance fee that will take effect this summer at Lake Accotink and three other county water parks. And she predicted that many other people who are unhappy about the fees will do something...
January 4, 2012 |
Continuing his push to identify more historic sites important to the nation's Hispanics, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted a new report Wednesday that identified several sites tied to Latino heritage in Colorado and New Mexico — including one in his own back yard — that could one day become national parks or historic landmarks. The report, requested by Salazar, is part of the secretary's push to establish more national parks and historic sites tied to minorities . The Obama administration's...