Last week was all about thankfulness. Now, a week into the holiday season and with winter apparently ready to hit us full on, it’s time for a little crankfulness.
Being cranky is easy when we look outside to see a cold, dreary, dank, dark world. But doing something about a bad mood doesn’t have to be difficult. In this case, I’m talking about counteracting our continued destruction of American outdoor values.
Before we get there, a little scene-setting is in order. I’ve been hoping recently for at least a bit of warmer, drier weather to finish up the fall yard and garden cleanup – getting rid of the decay and dead remains of that which once brought beauty and hope, the growth from warmer seasons when it’s easier to focus on good things in life.
In winter, we may be prone to looking around and detecting rot and putrescence that eventually freezes into a lump of useless, ugly blight. You know what I mean: Congress.
Not all of Congress. It’s primarily one guy, who also happens to be the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources –Rob Bishop of Utah.
Never was there a congressman whose first name more aptly described his relationship to the American people.
He’s the guy holding up reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program which for 50 years provided the country with many of its spectacular and well known outdoor recreation opportunities, along with immeasurable benefits to communities, regions and states that used the fund for park and recreation projects.