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Your Views: Cabinet secretary should pay dearly for debacle at memorial
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Under the guise of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Interior Department went beyond the pale last week when it closed (or attempted to close) the World War II Memorial in Washington.

You see, the World War II Memorial is an open-air memorial. In other words, it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and requires no staffing. That’s right; the Interior Department, under the guise of “we don’t have any money,” actually spent more money to prevent visitors (World War II vets and their families) from visiting the memorial.

But realizing that the illustrious mainstream media would “carry their water” and not report the obvious, the department put its scheme into action. Workers placed barricades around the entrance to this memorial in an effort to make life as miserable as possible for anyone trying to visit.

Not even taking into account the weak-willed and gutless federal workers who actually carried out these horrific orders, heads need to roll at the Interior Department. Every member of Congress should be calling for the secretary’s immediate resignation and the country should demand a full explanation from the president as to how such a despicable act could ever occur.

These actions by the Interior Department are a direct insult to the sacrifices made by our World War II veterans and their families. They cannot go unanswered.

“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.” — Cicero, 55 BC.

Charlie Waddell
Gainesville

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