Post by Dark Cloud on Jun 16, 2008 14:14:51 GMT -5
Obviously knowing nothing about the specifics of your friend, it need be said that most obese people get knee problems, because the knees were correctly designed to carry much lesser weight. Conversely, people who lose a knee in football or to bullet or take a bad fall even when thin can't work off the weight as easy. Most people lie about this, I've found.
In any case, that's what Segways are for, or wheelchairs. As a nation, we're fat, lazy, and sluggish. We need to sweat more everyday and stay thin. I'm guiltier than most, so I talk down to no one.
".. all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed...." T.Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
As I said, dc, my friend is a park ranger who was injured in the line of duty--a 6-foot-tall iron gate pulled out of its hinges and fell on her knee, permanently damaging it about 14 years ago. She had four surgeries that did not solve the problem, and was reassigned to a desk job. Her goal had been to be a horseback ranger at some park like Yosemite or Grand Teton, but she can now no longer ride. The incident is documented. She is not obese. There is no way she could walk four miles up and down hill.
Believe it or not, there are people who are disabled through no fault of their own. I don't think it's appropriate to exclude them. But I do like the idea of small tour buses.
A couple comments, first as to the visitor's center's location and the bad decision on where to place it, I think when its site was chosen, they just weren't thinking about the future and its impact on the history and archeology of the battle. Another example, although I never thought of it when I was there, is the visitor's center at Gettysburg. Right in the middle of the many sites of the battle. I do wonder, should they ever tear down the LBH visitor's center, what finds would be discovered regarding the battle. If it was up to me--and it obviously isn't--I'd build a new visitors center on the west side of the interstate opposite that ugly old red "museum" where Reno's skirmish line was located. I've been up there on the private property a couple times, and it's one of the few locations where you can pretty much see a panorama of most of the entire battlefield. Of course it's private property and it's all a pipe dream anyway. As to the RV's, even as an RV owner, I can't agree more with you folks who said they should be banned. The roads are far too narrow, and I hate to see RV's sputtering along the park road taking up too much room. Again, if it was up to me, I'd allow NO vehicle traffic on the park roads. I'd get a small fleet of vans, the ones like the airport shuttles, and have designated stops at all markers, with off-and-on privileges. Tourists could get off, read the signs and hop back on the next shuttle and be on their way. People like us could likewise hop on and off, but be able to also walk long stretches as we want or as our physical abilities enabled us.
Post by Diane Merkel on Jul 13, 2008 21:14:01 GMT -5
North Shield Ventures wanted to place a visitors center in the spot you describe in the early 90s, but CBHMA fought it like crazy. From what I understand, the entire front would have been glass, giving a panoramic view of the battlefield. Instead, it was painted by those against it as an amusement park, so the idea and the money behind it went away. I wouldn't be surprised if the very same people were the ones having fissy fits now.
I'm beginning to believe you can't ever win in Custerland.