I’ve recently changed the image on my homepage to show that I too, stand with the National Park Service. Much has been said about the NPS and their connections to the recent government shutdown. The hoopla surrounding the WWII Monument on the National Mall, and the many Republican attempts at demonizing the NPS for carrying out their orders, is truly sickening. Kevin Levin commented on this issue here and other park closures here. His observations and the comments on his blog leave little for me to add. I also understand why the closures need to take place. I only hope and pray that when the NPS Rangers are allowed to re-enter our parks, that they are not left with too much work left over from people who cannot abide by the law. Keep in mind, the NPS serves us by serving our parks. They maintain those parks and strive to ensure your safety upon visiting. If they are out of the picture, so too is the maintenance and the preventative measures for safety. Remember, it is not the NPS who shutdown the government, and barred so many from enjoying their parks; but rather the elected, child-like officials of this government. Perhaps one day they will learn to play nice with others. Until then, Congressmen such as Rep. Randy Neugebauer and Sen. Rand Paul, really need to to shut up.