Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gettysburg Slimes Unnaturally Obsessed

Day after day, issue after issue, the Gettysburg Slimes tros out the same story, changing only the context in which it is framed. It has become an obsession...an unnatural obsession as their inability to move on and accept what both the Department of the Interior and the object of their invective have already explained.

Germane? screamed the headline. Apparently the Gettysburg Slimes does not understand the concept of confidentiality of personnel issues. Would the Insipid Reporter and the Editor of the Slimes publish their entire personnel records? Hardly.

What is it about the Inspector General's report that the Insipid Reporter and the Editor fail to comprehend: the scope of the investigation was limited to the 17 allegations, of which the Superintendent was exonerated fully. The computer images were not one of the allegations and were a by-product of the investigation...and they were a personnel issue which was confidential, and not subject to public scrutiny.

We have the highest regard for the former Superintendent for the way he stood up and accepted responsibility for his actions. Not for his actions on the computer. But for his hadling of this final issue and of course, for his accomplishments here as Superintendent.

According to the only real newspaper in the area, the Hanover Evening Sun, the maximum penalty for what the Superintendent did was a five day suspension for the first offense. Apparenly that was not enough for the person who leaked the reports to the Washington Post, and the Washington Post has as little respect for the confidentiality of personnel issues as the Gettysburg Slimes.

The actions of these newsrags is despicable. They go beyond what you see in the checkout line at the supermarket.

Time for the Gettysburg Slimes to change ownership, and editors, and restore decency, honor and honesty to their paper, a reputation that has not just been tarnished, but has been trashed.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

End of Year Events at GNMP

NOVEMBER 2009

November 19: 146th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. This annual observation with brief memorial services in the Soldiers' National Cemetery begins at 9:45 a.m., preceded by a wreath laying at 9:30 a.m. This event is sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg National Military Park and the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College.

November 19: Unveiling of the Lincoln Sculpture. The Gettysburg Foundation will unveil a life-sized bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln, the 146th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Read the news release about the sculpture unveiling (PDF)

November 21: Army Materiel Command Band Performance. Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center Group Lobby; 10 a.m. Enjoy patriotic music from the Army Material Command Band. The AMC band proudly serves the soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Materiel Command stationed at more than 140 locations nationwide, including Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Afghanistan.

DECEMBER 2009

December 4: An Evening with the Painting. View a special program on the Cyclorama Painting at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; 5 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this program are coming soon.

December 1-31: An Eisenhower Christmas. The Eisenhower home is decorated in the traditions of the Eisenhowers. Some original decorations and Christmas cards are on display. (Included in site admission.) Eisenhower National Historic Site. Call 717-338-9114 for more information.


Come and Experience Gettysburg at the new Museum and Visitor Center, featuring the newly restored Gettysburg Cyclorama. You won't believe your eyes!

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Management changes at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania

National Park Service Washington Office, Public Affairs.

Washington, DC - Oct 23, 2009. This note confirms that John Latschar has been reassigned to National Park Service headquarters as a special assistant to the Associate Director for Cultural Resources.

Gettysburg National Military Park chief ranger Brion Fitzgerald will serve as acting superintendent effective October 26, 2009.

An interim superintendent will be named shortly as we begin a Nationwide search for a permanent superintendent.

We will issue a more detailed statement early next week.

David Barna
Chief of Public Affairs
National Park Service
Washington, DC

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Gettysburg Slimes Editor Must Resign!

Let us be perfectly clear about this up front: We in no way condone, or excuse the alledged actions of Dr. Latschar in viewing alledgedly "sexually explicit" images on his work computer, during work. It is inexcusable. Indeed, we condemn such activities as thoughtless, stupid and the product of poor judgment, made all the more surprising in a man who has accomplished so much.

That said, it is a personnel issue and therefore should have been kept confidential. Whomever it was in the Department of the Interior that thoughtlessly and illegally leaked the contents of an internal memo has done far worse than what the Superintendent has done.

So is what the Gettysburg Slimes has done. In fact, their actions may even leave them open to civil suit. At best their actions are reprehensible.

Today's headline proudly screams "OUT", with the teaser, "Porn hobby gets Latschar reassigned".

The reporting and writing by Our Insipid Reporter is third rate -- most seventh graders could do better. But the fact that it has become a crusade by Our Insipid Reporter and his Editor simply trashes this once excellent newspaper's reputation, and certainly has to have had a deleterious effect on circulation and advertising.

He also lacks a bit of plain knowledge and logical skill to connect the dots. On his blog, he asks:

"For some reason, investigators failed to mention in the report that Latschar violated NPS policy, when he downloaded and viewed pornographic images during work time.

The IG’s office has not returned inquiries all week. Maybe they’re too busy.

The local park offices have referred all questioning to the Philadelphia Northeast Region Headquarters. A spokesman there said that he could not comment whether Latschar was sanctioned, but said that the park does have a computer-use policy.

Latschar acknowledged in an IG memo that he violated the code.

Park policy states that a staffer could be suspended up to five days, among other sanctions.

Was he punished?

No one with official knowledge is saying anything.

The whole situation is shrouded in a cloud of secrecy."

No mystery here. Follow the reasoning:

1. The Superintendent's behavior in viewing sexually explicit images on his work computer during work was not a part of the original investigation. Therefore, it was not in the report which addressed only those allegations that it investigated.

2. What the Superintendent did violated personnel policy, not the law, and as such is not subject to public scrutiny. Whatever steps the Department of the Interior or the National Park Service takes are confidential and not open to the public. Chances are, you got all you're going to get from Dr. Latschar himself, who was man enough to admit violating the personnel policy and that he was reassigned.

3. Was he punished? Hey, you are supposed to be a reporter. Did he not tell you he was reassigned?

Clearly, the editor, who fosters this kind of smearing, has as little clue as to what happens in the real world as his Insipid Reporter/blogger.

They managed to see him fall from power. Never mind the good that he has done. Even that gets tossed away as "controversial" because the Gettysburg Slimes has never accepted that Gettysburg National Military Park is a "Military" park, not a nature preserve, or a recreation park. They have never looked into the meaning of that term. Thus, the tree clearing continues to be something they deplore, instead of seeing the real reason for it, and acceptingit as legitimate. They couldn't even resist the temptation to get in another editorial jab at the Superintendent in the caption to the unrelated photograph beside today's smear.

Shame on the Editor and his Insipid Reporter for their heinous actions in campaigning against the Superintendent almost since day one. Finally, the Slimes got their man. They are, in two words, pond scum.

Shame on the owners of this newspaper for allowing it to be used in this fashion. No wonder it is dying, and perhaps a well deserved death, as there is nothing in it to recommend it any more beyond the work of a few solid journalists who have been "reassigned" to the Police and Fire Log.

Editorial policy is non-existant, editorial rules on the editorial page are ignored at the whim of the editor. Articles are not proofed, and certainly are not reviewed editorially for journalistic content. Many news topics are biased to reflect the particular voice of the editor. That is often more important than good grammar and good journalistic content. Editorials advocating a particular position have appeared on the front page as news stories, sometimes with no byline.

Worst of all, they have never issued an apology for any of this.

If the owners are worth what they think they are, they would fire the editorial staff, and dump this Insipid Reporter [the National Enquirer would hire him in a New York minute!], and issue a broad apology for the wretched excesses of their former staff. Then take tighter control of the editorial process. They would do this if they had any honor.

If he had any honor, the editor would resign as well. The Gettysburg Slimes is a disgrace. He doesn't, so he won't.

There is a reason CNN does not include the Gettysburg Slimes on its local news section.

The newspaper is an insult to Gettysburg, the people of Gettysburg, and what Gettysburg really means. It is a sham, and a shame. Gettysburg deserves much better.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gettysburg Park’s Winter Visiting Hours Begin November 1

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717/334-1124 phone
717/334-1891 fax


Gettysburg National Military Park News Release
For Release: 14 October 2009

Gettysburg Park’s Winter Visiting Hours Begin November 1


Gettysburg, PA Beginning November 1, 2009, Gettysburg National Military Park will change to its winter visiting hours, staying open to the public from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily, the National Park Service has announced. The winter visiting hours will continue through March 31, 2010. From April 1 through October 31, the park will remain open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily.

During the winter visiting hours, park-approved special events such as the annual Remembrance Illumination and park sponsored public meetings would continue to be permitted. Certain park avenues will continue to be accessible 24 hours/day for vehicular through-travel only: Buford Avenue, Doubleday Avenue, Granite Schoolhouse Road, Howard Avenue, Millerstown Road, Reynolds Avenue, Wadsworth Avenue, West Confederate Avenue, and Wheatfield Road.

Fines for Closed Area Violations are $75. For more information contact Gettysburg National Military Park at (717) 334-1124, or visit the park web site at www.nps.gov/gett

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

West Confederate Avenue Closures Planned for Paving Project

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325
717/334-1124 phone
717/334-1891 fax

Gettysburg National Military Park News Release
For Release: October 7, 2009

West Confederate Avenue Closures Planned for Paving Project

Gettysburg, PA. On October 14, 15, and 16, West Confederate Avenue in Gettysburg National Military Park will be closed from 3 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day for repaving. The temporary closure affects the portion of West Confederate Avenue from PA 116 (Middle Street/Fairfield Road) to Pumping Station Road/Millerstown Road.

The project is part of a $ 3.4 million roads project on the Gettysburg battlefield funded through the Federal Lands Highway Program.

Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the Battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett or by calling 717/334-1124.

Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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