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    According to a recent Public Employees for

    Environmental Responsibility press release, all new mid-level managers

    of the National Park Service will have to swear a loyalty oath to the

    administration currently in power. In other words, in order to get

    promoted beyond a “worker bee,” employees will be approved by a

    political appointee in Washington DC, promising to be a “yes person”

    and agree to the Bush administration’s “initiatives.”

    Gone will be the days when the upper management of

    this nation’s parks made decisions that were best for the parks and

    their visitors, not for the political party currently in Washington.

    Now, the political creep is moving down into the working ranks. A

    long-held ethic of good, science-based decisions will be overturned for

    politically expedient solutions that last only until the results of the

    next election. The National Park Service’s mandate “to preserve and

    protect… for future generations” has no chance to succeed if civil

    servants swear to say yes to every political whim.

    This includes all of the top National Park Service

    positions here at the SouthEast Utah Group which includes

    Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep

    National Monuments.

    –Pete Parry

    Moab

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