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No excuse for reduced Fort McHenry hours

It's summer again and the new hours for Fort McHenry were posted on the fort's gate, and guess what? The hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Does that surprise anyone? It does me. Last year's hours were from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. I inquired why the significant change, and I got the infamous word, "sequestration." That answer is nonsense.

This is the National Park Service's way of attempting to show the public how hard it is living with slightly less money. A 5 percent cut in the budget shouldn't mean a reduction of three out of 12 hours, or one-quarter less public access to Fort McHenry. This is what is the going to happen: Those of us who work won't be able visit after work during the week.

The fort is ours! To reschedule National Park Service workers is not an issue of 25 percent. Perhaps it's time to cut the grass less often or reduce the hot dog stand's hours. Maybe hiring fewer seasonal workers. But is does three few hours translate into a 5 percent cut? I don't think so.

Well, Baltimore, we need to tell the park service that their approach to sequestration is wrong and needs to change now. The park belongs to us!

Carl F. Irwin Jr., Baltimore

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