Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sell The Parks?

I don't really care one way or the other if they sold some of our state parks to the Fed, as Denver Nelson proposes in the Times- Standard this morning. His commentary does make me wonder if he's using the title of brain surgeon in jest, though.

He doesn't seem to realize the federal government probably isn't in any better financial condition than California is, with the exception that the Fed can print money to cover its debts. And, regardless, taxpayers would still be taking up the tab for the parks.

He closes his commentary with,
"Thus California gets $2 billion to help its financial crisis, the federal government gets a large economic stimulus, the citizens of California, the United States and the world get a larger, well staffed and well maintained Redwood National Park."

Yep, California would get a one- time payment of a couple billion dollars, but I don't get the part about the fed getting an economic stimulus. They're just spending money.

As far as getting a larger park, seems to me we'd be getting nothing of the sort. We'd just have the same state parks under a different name.

So... is he really a retired brain surgeon?


At 9:02 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Yes, Denver is really a retired neurosurgeon, Fred.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger Fred said...


At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sell the parks, sell our soul, what's the diff? California's soul resides in its parks. Anyone who's been there as a child knows that!

At 6:50 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

Back in the late seventies when Dr. Jack Kramer (now retired) was Humboldt County's only neurosurgeon, he enlisted Dr. Nelson as his partner. Dr. Nelson resettled here and became an advocate of Humboldt County's spectacular environment.

At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kramer was the most arrogant bastard in Humb. medical history. Nelson is arrogant too but had a better bed side manner. He is a park supporter to be sure. So one needs to view his opinions with a grain of salt.


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