From the San Jose Mercury News:
Dog walkers say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt to change the name of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to Golden Gate National Parks could bar their pooches from running free.
"Pelosi Betrays Her Constituents!" blares one headline on a dog walking Web site, which goes on to say a change to the name from "recreation area" to "national park" would make it easier for the federal government to restrict dogs in areas such as Rodeo, Muir and other Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo beaches.
Under current rules, dogs generally must be kept on leash in national parks. Rules in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area allow dogs to be off the leash in certain areas as long as they are under "voice command."
"I think a lot of dog groups are pretty concerned about the name change," said Sally Stephens of the San Francisco Dog Owners Group. "And this could not only affect dog walkers, but other forms of recreation as well."
Pelosi last month introduced a bill that would change the name, saying she wanted better recognition for the park areas. The proposal will be reviewed by the House's Resource Committee Tuesday.
When President Harry Truman called his Congress a "do-nothing Congress" he had no idea of how do-nothing it would eventually become. Why would any sane person, at this time, even think about spending time on this non-issue today? I guess I answered my own question.
God help us all.