Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 12:40:07 -0400
From: "Tom" <>
Subject: Boycott Gettysburg

Link to Gettysburg photos showing the Gettysburg battlefield before superintendent John Latschar's ego ran amok and ruined it. We loved Gettysburg: married there, took dozens of week-long trips, spent many thousands of dollars there, and even considered moving there. But those days are over thanks to park superintendent John Latschar. He's ruining the Gettysburg battlefield. He calls it restoration. Desecration is more descriptive. If we spent another dime we'd be supporting the destruction. We refuse. Trees are being ripped out wholesale. The deer have been slaughtered. Visiting on a November evening is an experience everyone should be able to enjoy, but he shortened the decades-old operating hours so you'll be ticketed and labeled criminals. He threw up so many one-way signs that traffic in town has become a tourist's nightmare. He likes saying, "The time for comment was during the planning, not now." Well, Bozo, the public DID and continues to comment, but you ignore them. Tens of 1000s have voiced their concern, but you act as though the Gettysburg battlefield is your own private domain to use and abuse as you please. It belongs to the taxpayers, not an arrogant, government-appointed bureaucratic freeloader. Gettysburg battlefield ghost hunters have been turned away in droves because he equates them with drug users and drinkers. What a moron. Not only is the town losing a fortune toward the local economy, the park is losing thousands of watchful eyes from some of the most respectful visitors. Those with evil intent will always gain access at night as was proven by recent vandalism. Closing the park merely keeps honest folks out. John Latschar has, in effect, given vandals free rein. Attendance is lagging. He blames everything except his own bumbling. He constantly moans about never having enough money to fix rotting cannons, monuments and buildings, yet continues wasting funds on mindnumbingly senseless projects that divide the townspeople and drives others away. It's typical government ineptness. Looks like John Latschar sits around dreaming up new ways to piss people off. If he's not shooting the wildlife, cutting down 100s of acres of trees, changing the hours or screwing up traffic flow, he'll devise some other dumbass plan. Chances are he'll eventually move on to another location leaving his mess and debts behind for someone else. It wouldn't be the first time. What's worse than allowing John Latschar to inflict so much damage to the Gettysburg battlefield? Most of you sit idly by and let it happen without so much as a whimper. Talk is cheap, but a Gettysburg boycott speaks volumes. We're doing our part. Good bye Gettysburg. You were our favorite place on Earth until John Latschar raped you. Now you're just a memory. What a pity and disgrace. Cassie and Tom

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