At the Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Geauga Park District Board Meeting, the room had a number attendees who wore “Protect, Conserve, Preserve” t-shirts or carried logo signs. And I for one was happy to see them. After all, it has been my experience that people, who love nature, are generally loving and peaceful.
This group was far from loving or peaceful; they were unkind and arrogantly disrespectful.
It appeared, anyone who spoke contrary to their “ultimatum” belief that the bylaws cannot be changed or amended was heckled and criticized, sometimes severely.
I sat behind a bearded man who was snorting like a barnyard wash hog every time Commissioner Lou Mucci spoke. There were others who were chattering and criticizing board members for asking questions. There was an undercurrent of cackling and faces twisting in horror at comments they disagreed with. Whoever referred to this bunch as “elite” was misinformed.
This is a small group of people, but they want to dictate how the parks are used and enjoyed by Geauga County residents. They only want to permit hiking, bird watching, and more hiking and sitting and observing nature. No children are welcome. The “Protect, Conserve, Preserve” people will put their lives on the line to prevent someone from horseshoe throwing or roller-skating in the park, God forbid. In my opinion, they are manic in their stance, and Adolf Hitler was of the same mindset, “it will be my way, or else…”
Some of the participants wore shirts that read, “I am a Geauga Park District Trail Animal…” And I could not agree more.
Judy K. Zamlen-Spotts
you are not alone in your observations. Myself and others also noticed this bad behavior and attitude.
Wether you know it or not, your reference to Hitler is not far fetched as some may think. He started an extremist environmental movement in Germany to gain control over business owners, take away property and water rights, etc. It was used as a powerfull weapon for those things and more. You can look this up, it is no secret. The same thing is happening here.
There is never 100% agreement among people about anything and I think debate should be vigorous, truthfull, and informed.... but this wasn't like that!
The majority of those people were just as you said.... "unkind and arrogantly disrespectful" and let me add "hatefull" to that because some of them were.
The meeting was intentionally stacked with, ummmm.... I was going to say environmentalists but most of them go way beyond that description. I would say a better description would be.... extreme, radical, environmentalists hellbent on forcing their ideas upon us of what the parks should be like and unbending to any other opinions or ideas.
They are a small group that do not represent the general concensus. Everyone should have a say in this, not just a radical few.... after all, isn't it OUR tax money that pays for the parks?