American Camp; paradise lost? | Letters to the editor

I feel the need to respond to the statement by acting superintendent of San Juan National Park Steve Gibbons on the front page of the Journal, Nov. 16. (“Federal trial ends in $1 fine”.)

He said that despite the incidents at the park that the park “offers a positive experience.”

I think that this is really nothing more than a public relation statement and an attempt at damage control. I do not believe he has a clue as to how people feel about the park.

When I talk to other islanders, the things that I hear are, “there is a hostile environment there” or “I will not visit the park as long as Lewis (NPS Ranger Barry Lewis) is working there.”

It seems to me that Mr. Lewis does not have the temperament for his job.He may be better placed with the Border Patrol of the federal prison system. Surveillance cameras at our park? Criminal style arrests for minor violations?


I fault the Journal for their comparison of American Camp and the Grand Canyon. They are about the same as a Gravenstein and a Satsuma, both fruit.

American Camp used to have a feeling of community that you could never find in any of the large National Parks; now people refuse to go there.

We can only wait and hope to get our park back.

Kent Gale

San Juan Island

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