Friday, September 7, 2012

Yosemite - Is Privatization Deadly???

A private sector company serves  its stockholders.
Lower costs yield higher profits.

A public sector agency serves the people.
A public sector agency is the government

Government and the people are not two distinct entities. 
Government IS the people, 
formed BY the people 
and, in a representative democracy, 
is elected to do the business OF the people.

Recently I wrote about how the Federal and State government are turning over the management of our precious state and federal parks to the private sector “concessionaires” and using H1B and J1 foreign visa holders to steal jobs away from Americans – by in-sourcing foreign workers for pennies on the dollars to work in our state and federal parks.

In an attempt to make this private sector takeover seem innocuous – the private sector company that takes over the management of the park is referred to as a concessionaire.  Misleading word – probably intentionally -  – because the public does not associate that word with meaning “facilities and land  management”.

Anyway think about this:
Since June, eight park visitors, including six from California, have contracted the virus, according to Yosemite officials. Three of those infections have been fatal.

The virus takes one to six weeks to incubate. It's fatal for about 30 percent of people who contract it, most likely by inhaling the virus from mouse urine or droppings.

The park concessionaire has been working to disinfect cabins since the discovery, and officials have been trapping and testing mice.
August 16, 2012
Officials say the man is the first person to die from hantavirus contracted in Yosemite, though there were outbreaks in 2000 and 2010.

August 26, 2012
Yosemite Hantavirus: Second Person Dies From Rodent-Borne Disease In Curry Village

September 7, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginian is the third person to die so far from a rodent-borne illness linked to some tent cabins at Yosemite National Park that has now stricken eight people in all, health officials said Thursday.

From 2004 – August 2012 (seven and a half years)
There have been at least two other fatal cases in national parks in the past few years, including a deputy superintendent at Glacier National Park who died in 2004, and a tourist at the Grand Canyon who was stricken in 2009.

Park "concessionaire" Delaware North Co., which oversees the cabins, did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Delaware North Companies – a privately held company
I bet the owners and VP’s of this company don’t sleep in tents infected with a disease caused by rodent urine and feces.

Someone tell me - PLEASE
– if the privatization of federal and state parks was done to save money –

How much is a life worth??????

Cause I am damn sure positive 
that government employees 
would have taken better care 
of the park and the public 
- than this "concessionaire" 
      using cheap labor has evidently done

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