, Salem, MA

October 9, 2013

Letter; Editorial insults readers' intelligence

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

It is you, sir, who insult the public’s intelligence (”Park, refuge closings insult public’s intelligence,” Oct. 3) when you suggest that the public parks should be open unsupervised by park personnel. Your conclusion: “... some aspects of the government ‘shutdown’ are plainly ludicrous.”

It is a matter of countless records that people “do really require” supervision when they visit our national refuges and parks. How many times have we read of wildlife being molested, or the opposite, wildlife molesting people? And at Plum Island these balmy days, it is not hard to consider a drowning.

Across the nation our federal parks are a blessing. You are the first in my memory to suggest that they should operate without supervision. My experience is that the National Park Service personnel have an absolutely essential role in the maintenance and operation of our parks. And if the government shuts down, it is appropriate that the parks shut down.

Bill Wasserman