Aransas incident shows shift in enforcement
Editor, the Advocate:
Wow! The financial woes of the government must be much worse than I thought. The feds are so hard up for cash that they are stooping to extorting $225 from an elderly couple who were riding their bicycles in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. A testosterone-enhanced park cop (couldn't tell from the story if he was wearing jackboots) stopped the couple and wrote them a ticket for the crime of riding bicycles in the refuge even though it is closed. I guess that simply stopping and telling them that the refuge is closed and they would have to leave wasn't an alternative because, evidently, the cops have been instructed to make life as miserable as possible for citizens.
I have lost a lot (most?) of my respect for cops since this partial shutdown of government started. When I saw pictures of the barricades at the World War II Memorial and the way the cops treated those old heroes, I realized that we're not in America any more, Toto. I'm old enough to remember when the police were supposed to be our friends. Now, more and more often, they are seen to be simply government thugs. I did feel reassured when the vets took back their memorial by tearing down the barricades. This is the second time they've had to fight for their country. They won in 1945; I hope they can win again.
Carl Bankston, Victoria