Letter: Congress failing the sandbox test
Remember the kindergarten standard of measurement? “Works well with others.” Those with high recommendations moved on to greater challenges. Those who failed the sandbox test remained for further training.
Many of our congressmen and congresswomen today appear to have failed the sandbox test, and it appears further training was not successful.
An example: The White River National Forest is the largest and most visited forest in the nation. It includes the Maroon Bells, the most photographed peaks in the nation. A photograph of the Bells hangs in many of the offices of the members of Congress. (I know. I have seen them there. Unfortunately, many staffers and members of Congress thought it was pretty but did not recognize the site.) Access to that special area, an area of incredible beauty during the color changes of the fall, is closed this weekend because our elected officials in Washington, D.C., do not know how to investigate, think, learn, discuss, debate, compromise, make decisions, and implement and accept change. Instead, they pout and shout and pound their fists and ridicule and embarrass those of us who still believe that, given a chance, democracy might work.
Our national parks, our national treasures and our BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands are closed to public travel, camping and recreation. Communities that depend on tourism (and the fall hunting and fishing seasons) for their livelihood are losing one of the main travel seasons of the year because you need to show that you are in charge.
Indeed you are, and hopefully, many of you will not have an office in D.C. after the next election. Perhaps thoughtful, educated, thinking individuals with an appropriate command of the language will replace you. Perhaps you can spend some time in the sandbox.
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