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(March 12, 2013) -- Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is asking if the National Park Service is “playing politics” by closing Wind Cave National Park’s 64-site Elk Mountain Campground, writes the Daily Republic.

S.D. senator: NPS “playing politics” with campground closure

MITCHELL, S.D. — Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is asking if the National Park Service is “playing politics” by closing Wind Cave National Park’s 64-site Elk Mountain Campground, writes the Daily Republic.

Thune, R-S.D., sent a letter Monday to National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, questioning whether the NPS is playing politics in deciding to close the facility, reports the Daily Republic. According to the senator, the closure appears to substantiate reports that the NPS is intentionally trying to make the cuts more visible to the public.

“It seems difficult to say with a straight face that completely eliminating a source of revenue for the National Park Service is a smart, targeted cut,” Thune said in a release from his office. “Instead of cuts that reduce wasteful and duplicative spending, the administration’s politically calculated cuts are targeting facilities like the campground that actually serve as a revenue source for the park. It appears NPS is just another agency following the White House’s lead in trying to find the cuts that can trigger a press release before looking to internal cost-saving measures that are less newsworthy.”

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2 comments

  1. Well stated. I couldn’t agree more. That’s Washington trying to look good to the public and feel sorry for them while they keep their internal pork projects.

  2. I couldn’t agree more. They’re making cuts in places that are unnecessary, i.e. veterans education benefits, and still sending millions to countries, such as Egypt, that hate us. Not to mention the waste and dupicative spending as is pointed out in this article. It’s purposeful, what they’re doing, to anger the American people and get them to call, email or write their senators and representatives.