Sunday Evening Reading
Stories worth reading:
From Julie Cart at the L.A. Times, an in-depth look at the Grand Canyon Skywalk being built on the West Rim by the Hualapai tribe.
Quotable quote: "Our priority is not to overdevelop. We want to kind of keep it pristine here."
From the L.A. Times' Robert Lee Hotz, a disturbing story about how more and more public parks across the country are seeing an infusion of private money, and what that means.
Memorable passage: But as New York outsources management of its public spaces, activists and City Council members say, the result may be two park systems — one funded by wealthy neighborhoods and business districts, and the other in less-affluent areas shortchanged by wavering public support.
From the San Francisco Chronicle, an editorial that, basically, assails the Friends of Yosemite for getting a judge to agree Yosemite officials need a better thought-out approach to managing the Yosemite Valley.
Sad summation: Throwing away a reasonable rebuilding plan makes no sense. Neither does a limit on park visitors. Yosemite's future lies in a broad-based master plan, not a stubborn court fight.
And, finally, from the New Yorks Times' editorial board: Dubya ain't Teddy.
Point on: But neither gratitude for a few extra dollars for the parks nor our stubborn belief in the possibility of redemption should blind us to six years of bad policies.