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  •  Does anybody know (1+ / 0-)
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    Buckeye Nut Schell

    why barricades were placed around an open-air memorial like the WWII Memorial?  The only reason I could think of was for protection, but when I visited it a couple of years ago I don't remember security guards patrolling it.  In addition, a short barricade wouldn't provide much deterrence for someone wanting to spray graffiti or other damage.

    Seems like something some of the breathless news coverage of this should have answered.

    •  You Keep People Out (3+ / 0-)


      Because the workers that clean up behind them are on furlough, as to any security to watch over as crowds visit to make sure none are vandalized, those numbers are depleted as well, oh and others are working for free!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Fri Oct 04, 2013 at 06:55:29 AM PDT

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    •  Water (4+ / 0-)

      It's more than just the fact that they are operating with skeleton crew that can't adequately cleanup trash, answer questions, prevent vandalism.

      I visit this monument whenever we have visitors and, on  a warm day, there are park service people kicking idiots out of the water constantly! Tons of morons think it is a swimming pool for their toddlers, not to mention the people who throw things in the water.  Aside from the damage and potential danger of letting babies swim in a public area, I find it incredibly disrespectful to treat the monument this way.  I 100% agree with the decision to close it if you don't have the personnel to staff it.

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