Letter: Valuable Lesson From Wyoming

To the Editor:

I read with interest the article headlined “Wyoming Locals Pick Up Tab for Park Plowing.” Automatic spending cuts had idled the Yellowstone National Park’s snow plows and delayed opening of the park for two weeks. People were worried that a message would get out that the park was closed and would affect the entire season. What to do?

The local chambers of commerce kicked in $170,000 and others donated funds to start the plows. Many worked together to solve the problem. Angst that the easy money from Washington is gone intermingled with praise for the superintendent for working with the communities to get the job done.

There is another way to look at the situation that was not mentioned in the article. Normally, the money would come from the taxes we send to Washington this month. Then a large amount of it would be spent as it flowed through the bureaucratic offices in Washington, D.C., and Wyoming before any snow plow engine was ever turned on. That is why I believe the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people. In this case, closest to Yellowstone Park.

Mary Daly