Lake Erie monument hours severely curtailed
At last weekend’s annual conference of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio at Put-in-Bay, attendees learned among other things that hours and schedules have been severely curtailed at the newly refurbished and dressed up Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.
Eleven weeks have been cut from the Memorial’s annual schedule, six in the spring and five in the fall. Instead of opening in mid April, it now will not open till May 25. Instead of closing in mid November, it will close Oct. 6. Instead of daily hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., it will be open from just 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How nice. This comes right when this 352-foot monument should stand its tallest and show off its best – the bicentennial observation of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie, which occurred Sept. 10, 1813.
For this brilliant stroke of genius we can blame our so-called leaders of both political stripes in Washington – Congress and the White House. They apparently want to flaunt their ongoing incompetence in governance with what is known casually as the budget sequestration.
So the Perry Memorial, administered by the U.S. National Park Service, gets the same across-the-board 5 percent budget cuts every other federal program gets. The reduced hours and schedule, complete with seasonal staff reductions, are the result.
Yes, you can send irate e-mails to your Congressman, or to our Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman. Putting some pressure on the entrenched politicians and their idiotic antics is a good start. Just be sure to remind them that you will not forget their incompetence come election time. And vote accordingly.