Daniel W Brown (dabrown2@VT.EDU)
Sat, 3 Jun 1995 09:24:17 +0600
>Has anyone else read this, what happened? Has the National Park Service gone
>this far overboard? with all of our nation's problems, labeling the Girl
>Scouts reciting the Pledge of Allegance as "unauthorized demonstrations"
>seems to be way out of line.
Before everyone starts spewing venom at NPS, does anyone have any first hand
kwnoledge of the incident. The report appeared in my local paper and TV
news brodcast, but provided no more detail than USA today other than that
the girls congressman has involved himself. Locally, I've heard people
muttering that the ranger should be fired.
I suspect that the ranger was just enforcing the rules as they were
explained to him. The rules probably prohibit gatherings do not allow
individual officers to judge change the rules based on who is in the group.
Some of those people who want the ranger's job would be saying the same
thing if he allowed skinhead, KKK, or any such repugant groups to do exactly
the same thing, in the same place, in the same numbers.
I could be wrong. Maybe this ranger just hates gril scouts, maybe he did
not understand the rules, maybe it was a long hot day and he was too busy
sorting out the thousands of tourist from the less desieable elements that
inhabit DC's streets, parks, and momuments. At any rate, lets get the facts
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City