Obscure And Undistinguished National Parks?

The editorial writers at the Hillsboro (OR) Argus weigh in today with their opinions:

Worth A Mint

As 2008 winds to a close, it marks the beginning of the end of one of the finest chapters in recent memory for the U.S. Mint.

The mint has spent the last decade striking quarters for each of the 50 states, including a lovely image of Crater Lake on the Oregon quarter. The quarters show a little bit of character from each of the states that make our union special…

Some have called for a series of National Park Service quarters, commemorating one unit of the National Park Service in each of the 50 states. The House has approved a bill to authorize the decade-long program. It sits in the Senate as America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act, and is unlikely to come to a vote this year.

But as Sen. Ron Wyden returns to Oregon for the winter, and Senator-elect Jeff Merkley gets ready to head to Washington, we ask them to propose one change to the act recognizing the national parks.

Under the act, California gets one quarter to recognize its 22 units of the national park service, including national monuments, historic sites, seashores and eight National Parks. Iowa, meanwhile, gets a quarter to recognize one of its two National Park Service properties, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site or Effigy Mounds National Monument.

This act should recognize each of America’s 58 National Parks, unless they’ve already been commemorated on a quarter (as in Oregon). After the mint is done issuing those, maybe then it can strike coins commemorating obscure sites like Connecticut’s Weir Farm National Historic Site or Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Oh, dear.

Down there with Weir Farm?

Well, it might have been worse. He could have lumped us in with Steamtown.

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