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[ft-l] Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing NationalParks

Jim, I certainly agree with your assesment of "privitized" workers in the
Ocala Forest.  It is hard to find any friendly ones and they seem to be
always looking out for the bottom line instead of making the visitor have a
good experience.
From: "Jim Quinlan" <jquinlan@tampabay.rr.com>
To: <ft-l@backcountry.net>
Subject: Re: [ft-l] Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing NationalParks
Date: Mon, Jun 16, 2003, 7:07 PM

The campgrounds and Springs in the Ocala Nation forest are privitized.  On
my hike through there this spring, so many of the "privitized" workers I
encountered in those areas were extremely nasty, rude and hiker unfriendly. 
And I don't mean just a few.  In my mind, privitization will be very bad for
the parks.  Several other hikers I ran into on that trip had the same
On the other hand, government park rangers that I've met on my AT hike last
year always seem extremely dedicated and committed.  If it's privitized,
they'll only be looking for the very cheapest of labor and I can guarantee
you won't see the same caliber of employee.    
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Subject: Re: [ft-l] Special Alert: Bush Administration Failing NationalParks

If Privatization can lower the expenses of maintaining the park and forests
then what is wrong with that?  Many government agencies maintain their
budgets by asking for more and more each year without proper utilization of
their finances.  When I was in the U.S. Navy almost half a century ago the
word was that more money had to be asked for than what was asked for the
previous year.  Any monies which had not been spent as the new fiscal year
approached had to be spent quickly (sometimes on items not even necessary)
so that the upline regulators would see that more money was needed for the
next fiscal year. Privatization, with proper supervision, can be made more
efficient than governmental agencies.   

I would come to the conclusion that the Bush Administration is not failing
the NPS but, to the contrary, is making the NPS more efficient and is
responsive to the needs of the people of the United States. 

I believe that this week the NY Times carried an article stating that the
current administration had provided some good guidance for National Parks
and National Forest entities.  Oh, to be sure, the NY Times gave the news
that the legislation and decision of the Administration included some
possibilities of new roads, etc., but these are valuable for fire fighting
crews and can be useful for maintenance crews. 

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