I looked forward to sharing video of National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis’s testimony in front of a House committee that took place earlier today. Even though I found full coverage of the hearing I decided against linking to it in any way. As you might expect there was very little opportunity for Jarvis to share anything substantive concerning the implementation of park policies and I didn’t see any reason to give these people an additional platform.
The hearing was nothing more than an opportunity for House Republicans to try to shift the nation’s attention away from their responsibility for the shutdown itself. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa actually had the nerve to demand that Jarvis step down. Now that’s laughable. Thanks to Jonathan Jarvis for standing firm and for representing everyone in his agency with dignity. I assume that park service employees were pleased.
A couple of people have questioned why I’ve given this issue so much attention. All I can say in response is that if you have to ask than you have not spent enough time at our national park getting to know these incredible people, who work on our behalf.
I do hope that this is my last post on this subject. Given the most recent news updates, it looks like my friends will be back to work very soon.