Wilderness Theme Parks?
Now, I'm not sure how far the president's National Parks Centennial Initiative is going to advance, what with the seeming aversion some in Congress have to the current proposal.
And what with the lack of any official platform that would guide what exactly constitutes a "signature project" or what exactly private dollars will be allowed to fund, you do have to wonder just a little bit about what Dirk and Mary have in mind for this endeavor.
One person (besides me) who is wondering a little is Joe Howry, editor of the Ventura County Star. In an editorial the other day he expressed some concerns that the initiative might not be in the best interests of the park system.
My fear is that the more money made available for the parks will lead to turning them into wilderness theme parks, complete with fancy resort hotels, fast-food chains and the total sanitizing of anything that could be remotely dangerous, he wrote.
You can read the rest of his thoughts here.