National Parks Exploited

A recent Tampa Tribune article has me seeing red. Not because I’m a strong supporter of President Bush’s policies. I’ll admit that until recently, I’ve been a strong Republican supporter. However, with the breaking of American’s trust I can no longer say that. But that’s another story…

Private Sector Jobs

This time Bush has it right, these long-time government jobs, should go to the private sector but why stop there? Did you know that local, state and federal government employ almost 50% of the population? These are taxpayer financed positions.

Is it any wonder our economy is collapsing from the sheer weight of our government? No economy could withstand such lopsided growth. The only time in our history the government has employed so many, was during the great depression when many major building projects were undertaken to jump-start the economy.

However, this is not the main source of my wrath.

Playground for the Rich

Our national parks have been turned into  playgrounds for the upper class.

During my one and only trip to Yosemite National Park, I was appalled to find that rooms in the exclusive Ahwahnee Hotel went for $255 a night. Worse still The Yosemite Lodge charged $125 per night for a motel room, that included a telephone, no television or air conditioning. I assumed this was to keep down noise? However, we were awakened at 5 am to the sound of chain saws outside our room.

So you want to go camping in Yosemite? “Housekeeping Camp” as they call it, consists of a “rent-a-camp” type tents on a frame, which are rather rustic in nature. These type of camp sites run around $16 anywhere else in the country. In Yosemite, they ran $55, per night.

Now you tell me…Who can afford these prices?

Well I can tell you that there were a great many foreign speaking individuals milling around during our visit. Very few appeared to be middle class American’s. I could be wrong but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Push to Ban Snowmobiles

The article went on to indicate that snowmobiles should be banned. The big push has been made in Yellowstone, Yosemite and other National Parks. This whole issue has left me somewhat confused.

According to the National Parks Conservation Association “Snowmobiles make the battle to survive even more difficult, releasing dangerous levels of toxins into the air and exposing wildlife, park staff, and visitors to benzenes, toluenes, and other carcinogens.”

While the National Parks Service announced yesterday (September 5, 2003) that it will be enlarging the Chamber of Commerce building located at the West entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

The National Parks Service also states that “Road construction” is perennial in Yellowstone National Park. In general, park roads have either been recently repaired or reconstructed, or are scheduled for repair or reconstruction. Approximately 80% of main park roads (about 185 mi) are in a structurally deficient state, with poor quality road bases failing under the weight, speed, and volume of modern traffic for which they were not designed. Harsh winter weather and short construction seasons provide additional challenges.

These needs are now being addressed under a 20-year, $300 million Federal Lands Highway Program for Yellowstone National Park.”

It would seem to me that if we are spending this much money on the roads in Yellowstone, that accomodations could be made for snowmobiles, at the same time for little cost, in much the same way bicycle paths have been added around the country.

I won’t even mention the fact that snowmobiles weigh considerably less than “modern” vehicles and are designed for the “harsh winter weather”.

Over Crowding

During our visit to Yosemite they were attempting to ban all vehicles  from the valley floor. Activists were complaining of the overcrowding.

Well, I’m no expert but it seems to me if they removed some of the shops and restaurants that contribute to the excessive litter, over pricing and congestion, it would go a long way towards ridding the park of over crowding. Much more so than banning vehicles.

If they are successful in banning vehicles it will only allow them to further limit use of the park by charging for parking and bus service to gain access.

During a trip to Keystone in Colorado I noticed that private snowmobiles weren’t in apparent use. However, you could rent a snowmobile and take a guided tour through abandoned coal mines for a mere $125 per person.

I must say I found the ski packages to be pretty reasonable, of course these were private ski resorts, not a part of the National Parks System.

Our National Park System is a national treasure and should be cared for but not at the expense of preventing regular ordinary citizens access to their beauty. What should end is the flagrant commercial use of our National Parks.

Why should a privileged few be given the right to profit while so many are denied access because of exorbitant pricing? Admission alone into Yosemite is $20. A high price to pay for those living near the park, who must sneak in after the rangers leave, in order to enjoy the beauty laying in their own backyard.

While the recent economic downturn has hit hard for many Californian’s, Yosemite is situated in a part of the state that never was a job hot spot. Many in the area eek out a meager existance close to home or commute long distances into the city daily.

Government Land Grab

Our government currently owns over 35% of this nation [This includes parks, forests and grasslands; it excludes land used for such purposes as office buildings, prisons, or B29 irrigation projects.] as of 1995 and is swallowing up millions of acres of private land each year. Land belonging to the people that must be returned.

It has been said, our society was founded on Christian pricipals and ideals; while this will continue to be debated for many years with both sides presenting evidence to their own “truth”. There is one thing for certain. This country was founded on liberty.

Liberty for all. Not the few, not the chosen but for you and for me.

I believe Patrick Henry said it best when he said, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” on March 23, 1775.

Contact your representative and demand that the land be returned. Demand that non-military jobs and those necessary for defense be turned over to the private sector, our constitution requires it. Our survival as a free nation depends on it.

Jensen Family Speaks Out

The state’s decision to drop charges is not the end to this families long ordeal with justice. The controversy continues.

In August, the Jensen’s were accused by the state Division of Child and Family Services of kidnapping their 12-year-old son Parker to keep him from getting chemotherapy.

It’s doubtful we have heard the last word on this case, the Utah Legislature may consider taking up this issue in January, in the form of proposals restricting the state’s child protection agency. Something parental rights advocates have been demanding for several years.

During a rally on behalf of the Jensen family, Representative’s LaVar Christensen (R-Sandy) and Michael J.S. Thompson (R-Orem), urged those attending to get involved and help change the child welfare system when the Legislature reconvenes in January.

Spreading their message of parents’ rights and responsibilities, Daren and Barbara Jensen spoke at the Dixie Republican Forum on Tuesday at the Fairway Grill in St. George.

The Jensens have received hundreds of calls and e-mails from people with similar stories. Cases like theirs occur every day but many people don’t have the resources to fight the various state agencies involved.

Mr. & Mrs. Jensen’s best advice for those fighting similar battles: “don’t get an attorney who lives or works in the district where you’re going to court” and “get a woman.”

Citation issued

Once again the Jensen’s are being targeted by the State of Utah. This time by the Division of Consumer Protection, they have cited the Parker Jensen’s family members for setting up a medical-care donation fund but failing to file proper paperwork making it legal, in violation of the state’s Charitable Solicitations Act.

The citation was issued Monday after several attempts to reach Tracy Jensen, the family member in charge of the account, were unsuccessful, division director Francine Giani said. If the matter is not settled in the next 10 days, the citation could result in fines of between $500 and $10,000 for the Jensen’s who spent the summer locked in a custody battle for their son with the state.

On Wednesday, Parker’s family members called her office to say the fund, which they said contained some $6,400, had been closed. Giani said she had not verified the amount with Zions Bank as of Wednesday afternoon.

More details on the Jensen’s can be located in the sidebar of this article. It’s apparent, at least to this author that officials in the State of Utah, have too much time on their hands. Hasn’t this family been through enough?

Please take a few moments to contact Utah Legislators and request an investigation and that parental rights protections be made part of the legislative agenda.


Jensen Family Under Attack

Updated: September 27, 2003
By Annette M. Hall

©2003 ReliableAnswers.com

The Jensen’s find themselves back in court October 2, for a status hearing in the 3rd District Court in answer to kidnapping charges filed by the state Utah.

The family remains steadfast in their fight for their son despite being threatened with a lengthy jail sentence.

In a recent statement Mollie McDonald, Guardian Ad Litem said, “If you believed that someone else’s child was going to die without your intervention, how many of you would feel okay about walking away and doing nothing?”

Doctors continue to push for chemotherapy despite the fact that 12-year-old Parker shows no signs of cancer and his parents have chosen other, less invasive, treatment for their weary son.

In defense of her position that chemo is required for Parker, the Guardian Ad Litem, who’s job it is to advocate in the child’s best interest, has reduced the child to a statistic in which she states, “Prior to the time that chemotherapy was used to treat Ewing sarcoma and the tumor was just surgically removed 90 percent of those children died within five years.”

These parents have a child whom they love and has been terribly ill. Any parent who has ever spent a single night caring for a sick child knows the heart break and pain that comes with administrating treatment. It can be torture for the parent and the child.

Chemotherapy Controversy

According to A Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, “All chemotherapy drugs are potent. Their side effects are numerous. All drugs, poisons, radiation and trauma (such as surgery) inevitably damage and debilitate too many normal cells and organs. They undermine and destroy our immunity and our abilities to resist disease, our health and natural healing abilities.” It’s certain that the Jensen family understands this and has chosen other less controversial treatment for their beloved son.

This case could have far reaching impact on families nationwide. Now is the time for parents to speak out against overzealous state workers bent on destroying parental authority.

The sacred trust between a parent and child must not be broken, it is a vital component in any loving family.

The state of Utah would have us believe that they, and a handful of well-meaning doctors, know best; That they have the right and the power to decide this child, in fact, every child’s fate. We must take this opportunity to send a clear message that parents have the God given authority and responsibility for the care and control of our children.


Utah Family on the Run

Updated: September 6, 2003
By Annette M. Hall

©2003 ReliableAnswers.com

Daren and Barbara Jensen agreed Friday to get treatment for Parker if a new physician assigned to diagnose their son recommends it.

The agreement was reached during a juvenile court hearing, offering only partial resolution of Daren and Barbara Jensen’s fierce custody battle with Utah child-welfare authorities regarding their 12-year-old son, Parker.

The parents still face kidnapping charges for attempting to obtain alternative treatment for their son in defiance of a Utah court order demanding the start of controversial chemotherapy sessions on Aug. 8.

Hundreds of supporters rallied Thursday at the Utah Capitol for the family fighting the state over chemotherapy for a 12-year-old boy as negotiations resumed to bring the family out of exile in Idaho.

Capitol lobbyist Gayle Ruzicka, the head of Utah’s Eagle Forum, had this to say, “Real child abuse is when the state takes children away from loving mothers and fathers.”

State Rep. LaVar Christensen, has pledged to reassess Utah child-welfare laws and assailed the power of government and “state-endorsed science.”

Rep. Mike Thompson, has also pledged his support for much needed legal reform in the area of child-welfare laws.

Two legislators will not turn the tidal wave that has swept across this nation, destroying families in it’s wake.

As parental rights organizations are gearing up for conflict across the country, it’s anyone’s guess what the outcome will be. One thing is for certain parents have had enough of our “nanny government” and are fighting back. From Maine to Oregon the battle rages on.

Those who have been harmed by overzealous “Child Protection” workers and governmental interference are urged to speak up.

Write a letter or send a fax

State groups are being formed and united in this fight against intrusive state policies, with billions of federal dollars on the line. You are urged to join forces with your state organization, then contact your representatives and demand that these illegal and immoral practices end.

While the Jensen’s case is played out in the media, hundreds of thousands of families are waging similar battles against an entrenched system bent on destruction of the family unit. Children are being harmed in record numbers as parents are financially ruined, in a seemingly endless battle to save their children.

Annette M. Hall

Where does the state end and the family begin?

Posted: August 25, 2003
By Annette M. Hall

©2003 ReliableAnswers.com

In yet another case recently reported by The Salt Lake Tribune, parents are pitted against the state.

A manhunt is underway for the parents of a 12-year-old diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a potentially fatal form of bone cancer. Authorities are following up leads in Utah, Idaho and Texas.

The crime, “Refusal of treatment.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the prosecutors claim the Jensen’s had refused to have their son undergo chemotherapy because it can cause growth problems and infertility.

Judge Robert S. Yeates issued a gag order in the case preventing the truth from being reported, while authorities pursue the parents who could be spending this time caring for their ill child.

The Jensen’s and their five children first sought refuge at the home of Barbara Jensen’s father, Henry West, in Pocatello, Idaho, in violation of an August 8th court order giving the state custody of the child. Dr. West is a chiropractor and alternative medicine practitioner.

The Jensens had planned to take the boy to Houston for a clinical trial for antineoplaston therapy, an alternative cancer treatment.

Utah authorities filed one count of child kidnapping on August 15th against both parents, Daren and Barbara Jensen. The charge is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to life in prison.

James Hollingsworth, a chiropractor from Boise, Idaho, described Henry West as “an expert in alternative medicine.”

“He knows a lot about homeopathy,” he said. “And he probably is one of the most brilliant chiropractors in the Western United States.”

Parents Targeted

Parents are increasingly being targeted by overzealous prosecutors and those who claim to know best how to raise and care for children.

The problem with them is their focus and outright pandering to government services and businesses at the expense of the parents themselves, which effectively prevents a parent from doing what they feel is best for their child.

Until you are a parent, it’s impossible to know how it feels to be rendered helpless. To watch your child suffer in pain and not be able to “fix it”.

Given the choice shouldn’t parents give priority to making a child’s last days happy and comfortable, instead of enduring more tests, and painful “therapies” in a cold uncaring environment of a hospital?

Does the state have to face that child who asks why? Does the state walk the floors at night in anguish? Does the state have a compelling interest in these cases?

More and more parents today don’t think so.

This is not an isolated case by far. Families are under attack and had better wake up and soon.

In everything from education to medicine, citizens are waking up to realize that they are being sold a bill a goods. Just as public education has been found wanting in quality and substance, leading many families to choose homeschooling alternatives.

Most families now realize that practicing physicians are doing just that “practicing” medicine. Alternative medical treatment is once again mainstream, to all but the most religious supporters of allopathic medicine. Alternative treatments are recognized as being simple, inexpensive, therapies.

Prominent Dr. Seeks Alternative

Dr. Lorraine Day rejected standard therapies of her breast cancer because of their destructive side effects and because those therapies often lead to death. She chose instead to rebuild her immune system using the natural, simple inexpensive therapies designed by God and available to everyone, so her body could heal itself.

Do judges have the right to play God?

The judge in this case, Robert S. Yeates, has a master’s degree in social work and a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Yeates worked as a prosecutor with the Salt Lake County Attorney’s Office and served as a Division Chief with the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Judge Yeates presently serves as a member of the Utah State Sentencing Commission.

We have to ask ourselves why a judge with his background would sit on a Juvenile Court bench?

Judge Robert S. Yeates can be reached at (801) 238-7755

Has the whole country gone mad?

According to an article, which ran today on ABC News, “A suburban Maryland couple accused of driving 20 miles with their 12-year-old son and his friend holed up in the trunk of their car have been charged with child abuse, but their lawyer says they are guilty of only bad judgment.”

This is just another sign of the times. A nosy busy body calls the cops on a family and the police, just doing their civic duty, dutifully track them down and arrest them. What’s wrong with this picture?

I’ll tell you what’s wrong with it. Plenty!

According to ABC News, police, were called after a witness saw the boys climb into the trunk. Surely, the witness must have also noticed that the boys weren’t struggling or being held against their will. These young people requested the ride.

Back in my day, no one would have given this a second thought. We used to use the trunk of the car to sneak into the drive-in movies (remember those?), we often had five or six people stuffed in there.

We would ride to the lake on a hot summer day in the back of our pick-up truck, hair blowing in the wind, not to mention being a tangled mess when we arrived at our destination. A small price to pay for a nice breeze on sticky Michigan summer day.

Those were the days when parents ruled. They could decide what was safe for their children. They laid down the law and dished up the rewards. Children could relax knowing who was in-charge and not have to worry.

It’s no wonder children are under so much stress today. They know that parents must walk a tight rope, parents don’t dare discipline their children, especially in public. They’ll end up in jail because some nosy busy-body will stick their nose into your family business.

I’ll never forget the time my 15 year-old cousin got a little big for his britches. He told his dad he would do what he wanted and that he didn’t have to listen to him. Wrong answer! One thing lead to another and my cousin took a swing, at my uncle, only to end up picking himself up out of the wall. My uncle had shoved him right into the wall, we had a nice imprint of cousins behind as a reminder of the incident.

Other than a bruised ego and a new found respect for his father, my cousin was no worse for wear. Was my uncle a child abuser? Depends on who you ask.

If you ask anyone in our family, you’ll hear that my cousin deserved exactly what he got and that my uncle is a good father. Ask a nosy neighbor who doesn’t believe in disciplining children, he should probably be in jail.

These parents are no different.

Were the children at risk?

Oh NO! They weren’t wearing seat belts. So!

They were laying down for pete-sake. Their necks were probably much more protected in a prone position than sitting in an ill-fitted car seat anyway.

Don’t even get me started on the seat-belt laws. They are unconstitutional and should be repealed anyway. Seat-belts cause more injuries and deaths than you might think…mostly because it’s not being reported.

It’s a win-win situation to everyone except consumers. Car manufacturers are required by law to install them, jacking-up the price of each and every vehicle sold. Municipalities win because they issue citations ranging from $50.00 to upwards of $300.00 for non-compliance. Providing a great boost to their bottom-line.

I’m still waiting for the law requiring children sleeping on the top of a bunk-bed to wear a seat belt. Then we can have random household checks for compliance. Children found not to be buckled up will be removed from custody and placed with parents who know their place.

According to ABC News, The Duthoys spent 48 hours in an Annapolis jail after the arrest, and were initially held on $150,000 bail. The judge released them after reducing the bail, but has ordered that they have no unsupervised contact with their 12-year-old son until their trial. The boy is currently residing with an aunt. The Duthoys’ two older children, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, were allowed to remain with their parents.

If you find this a miscarriage of justice, a stretch of government authority and an outrage, please take a moment and sound off.

Annette M. Hall