Fund our national parks
The June 24 editorial “Invest in America the beautiful” called for Congress to provide funding to the National Park Service for needed maintenance of national parks while limiting the amount of entry fee increases. The editorial noted an $11.5 billion backlog of maintenance projects and the fact that the budget has decreased over several years.
A national investment in parks should be a federal priority. Full funding linked to development of a veterans’ job corps for park improvement could help unemployed veterans return to the workforce.
My family has used national parks for recreation and environmental education at a reasonable cost. The national parks should be adequately maintained and celebrated in advance of the Park Service’s 100th anniversary next year. We have the best park system in the world. It must be preserved.
Roger Lawson, Columbia
The underfunding of our national parks is economically senseless. The expenditures of the parks’ 292 million annual visitors, including millions of foreign tourists, on transportation, accommodation and other goods and services provide a huge boost to the U.S. economy. How frustrating that our representatives in Congress fail to appreciate the enormous earnings value— as well as the environmental, cultural and quality-of-life benefits — of these unique national treasures.
Brian G. Crowe, Rockville