Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Conservatives Should Conserve National Treasures

This story ran on nwitimes.com on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 1:06 AM CDT

Kyle Hupfer, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, has floated a poorly-thought-out scheme to further exploit one of Indiana's crown jewels of natural beauty. He proposes to bring in private developers to build a 100-room hotel and conference center on the beach at Indiana Dunes State Park.

This scheme joins other "conservative" initiatives such as clear-cutting our state forests, selling our state's timber to benefit Western states, taxing bird-watchers and U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo's plan to sell off our national parks.

What has happened to conservative values? Where is the conservatism in further degrading a precious natural resource? Where is the conservatism in allowing profit-focused entrepreneurs to run rampant over the citizens' natural treasures?

What an upside-down world we live in! So-called conservatives turn out to be excessively liberal in their giveaways to special interests, and liberals find themselves fighting off conservatives to conserve our natural treasures.

Where will this topsy-turvy state of affairs end? Maybe at the voting booth?

John Crayton, Dune Acres

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