By Bryce Holt
October 1, 2013
We're given so many chances to do the right thing. We often don't. It's how we're built; part of humanity's genealogical makeup. It was the United States government's turn to do so today, and we should all spare ourselves for once the argument of political affiliation. This wasn't one side or the other. The entire government let its people down. A rough mix of 500-1,000 decision makers from all walks of life, elected to serve in our best interests, chose to allow the parks (or the vast majority of them, from what I've heard) to close down. The National Parks are but one of many victims of this regrettable decision, but a treasured and valuable one to all. I won't assume to know why these people cannot simply have quality discourse, hear the other side, and come to agreement on something, but their impact has finally sent tremors throughout even the quietest of lands they are paid top dollar to protect. As for you and I, the $50 or $100 we can afford to donate cannot possibly alleviate this devastating decision. Yet there is a certain power in doing one right thing to justify a far greater and far louder wrong. The people that serve our communities across the land by serving these parks as rangers, conservation specialists, biologists or other quiet attendants to our Nation's greatest pride are a gift to us all. A donation, at this point, is not about the money, but about reminding these people who have committed themselves to our country's natural cause that they are pivotal to the well being of America's longevity. It's peace among turmoil. The right among the wrong.