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During Sequester, Park Ranger Claimed Supervisors Wanted People to 'Feel the Pain'

I mentioned this earlier but I think it deserves its own post. During the debate over the sequester cuts a park ranger came forward to claim that his supervisors seemed to be trying to insure the public would feel the pain:

A U.S. park ranger, who did not wish to be identified, told FoxNews.com that supervisors within the National Park Service overruled plans to deal with the budget cuts in a way that would have had minimal impact on the public. Instead, the source said, park staff were told to cancel special events and cut "interpretation services" -- the talks, tours and other education services provided by local park rangers.

"Apparently, they want the public to feel the pain," the ranger said.

This seems relevant now that park rangers are once again being used to shut down open air memorials in Washington D.C. These memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial and MLK Memorial, are normally open to the public 24/7 with no ranger supervision after hours.

A park service spokesman claimed he had "never heard of guidance given like that."


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