The Free Press, Mankato, MN


October 13, 2013

Even in the Great Outdoors, it's politics as usual


While average citizens like to believe they have a say in what happens in the rarified air of the Capitol, ultimately, it’s power, money and influence within the D.C. elite calling the shots.

Undoubtedly, if the government shutdown continued, some hunters were going to thumb their noses at the federal government and venture into the WPAs to recreate, possibly risking tickets for trespassing.

In the narrowest view, we can be grateful that a measure of common sense prevailed and the areas, bought and paid for with hunters’ dollars, once again are acessible.

But viewing the big picture, it’s pretty clear that we continue to be plagued by a federal morass of ineffective governance and sorry statesmanship.

John Cross is a Free Press staff writer. Contact him at 344-6376 or by e-mail at

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