MILLINOCKET, Maine, October 14, 2013 — Since the government shutdown, we have seen some states paying to keep national monuments open. Volunteer citizens have cut the grass around monuments and “protesters” have cleaned up the National Mall.
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Maybe we’re on to something. While the politicians wrangle and argue over funding and budget cuts, the answer may be right in front of them: let the states and the people take care of public spaces.
What better way to prune spending than to allow concerned citizens, organizations and the states to step up and maintain our monuments? Most states have good parks and recreation departments, and as we have seen, many people would volunteer to help.
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At the very least, we should consider it. Such action would go a long way in re-establishing states’ rights, and encouraging local pride in caring for our national treasures.
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