The March 11 front-page article “At Yellowstone, a geyser of discontent” said that the sequestration budget cuts “inflamed the area’s anti-government sentiment as small, rural communities absorb the reality of the cuts.”
Apparently having the National Park Service clear snow and ice from Montana and Wyoming highways outside the park’s boundaries isn’t the kind of government they oppose. Ironically, these same anti-government communities are convening emergency meetings to figure out how to get the federal government, the one they don’t like, to continue to provide federal services.
Washington is clearly not understanding the anti-government message: Cut someone else’s services!
Patrick Dozier, Washington
The Post reported that a delay in plowing snow at Yellowstone National Park, owing to sequester cuts, would save $250,000 but deter 50,000 visitors. The article discussed ways to avoid these expenses, including inviting the neighboring states to plow inside the park.
Why not charge the 50,000 early-spring visitors a $5 snowplow fee? That would raise the needed $250,000 and allow the 50,000 to visit the park. Considering Yellowstone’s appeal and the other expenses of visiting the park, $5 isn’t too much to ask.
Fred Williams, Washington
In his March 9 Free for All letter, Richard Williams said that a March 1 front-page article on the sequester’s potential negative effects showed that people in the D.C. area need a “dose of reality.” He cited as proof of our unreal worldview one federal employee’s intended cutbacks when the furloughs hit: forgoing a $5,000 home-improvement job and doing without his “doggie day care provider.”
Most people would probably agree that neither of these expenditures is as essential as buying food or paying the mortgage. But what about the carpenter who would have been hired for the $5,000 job? Sounds like a couple weeks of unemployment instead. What about the family that owns the pet-care service? Sounds like a big drop in business if federal employees stop bringing in their dogs.
Is this the “dose of reality” we need: more unemployment and failed small businesses?
Kurt Schroeder, Lovettsville