During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt increased our public lands and helped stimulate their infrastructure. Washington State governor, Clarence Martin, a fiscal conservative Democrat helped withdraw land for the public in the form of state parks, forests, fish and wildlife lands, and public works projects.
In the Great Recession of 2008-09-10? Governor Christine Gregoire- a reckless spending liberal Democrat has helped land our state in an $8.5 billion deficit. Sorry, Christine you can't blame this one on George W Bush. You own this fiscal disaster! And now your fiscal irresponsibility is going to lead to liquidating some of our state parks in an attempt to save a measly $23 million dollars. Outrageous!
In these hard economic times we need more parks-not less. Places where all Washingtonians can recreate-places where they can afford to camp, hike, fish, sight-see, picnic, relax, forget about the current state of affairs. But, no Ms Gregoire-your actions are leading to a liquidation of 11 of our parks and the mothballing of 33 more. Your park's commission wants to take out of commission 44 of our public places-44 examples of our natural, cultural, and historic heritage. That's some legacy you are going to leave us Governor. Some legacy indeed!
(photo-In Gregoire's Washington, state parks will be decommissioned instead of expanded like they were under the CCC, represented here in a Colville National Forest memorial)