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Page protesters say national parks are essential

Modified: Friday, Oct 18th, 2013

Protestors Pam Brown, Tom Zwack, Arliss Miller and Ryta Hartzell express their opinion about the federal government. (Photo by Sharon Nelson)

A dozen protestors in front of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area headquarters Oct. 17 displayed signs such as “National Park System Is Essential” and “Vote Them ALL Out.”

Protestors enjoyed a day of political discussion with each other and passersby, according to Pam Brown, who organized the protest, held on Scenic View Road off U.S. 89.

“It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable,” said the Page resident. “We had protestors and visitors of varied political persuasions that engaged in the exercise of free speech about topics from the government shutdown to runaway government spending.”

Brown said Park Service employees seemed to appreciate this show of local support for keeping the lake, river and canyon open.

Two portapotties rented for the event were labeled Senate and House of Representatives. A few protestors got sunburns, Brown reporterd, otherwise no one was hurt and there were no incidents of violence.

She said an elderly tourist entertained the group with her description of political conditions in Merkel, Texas.

Drivers passing the protest were quick to give a thumbs up or honk in support. Several people stopped to show their support with coffee, sandwiches and snacks for the protestors.

“I would encourage citizens to exercise their freedom of speech when they disagree with their government,” Brown said.

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