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Bad campers ruin it

Regarding the Kettle River campground shooting:

We run into people like this every time we camp. People who think that the ordinances, laws and common courtesy don’t apply when you’re in the great outdoors.

We no longer camp in campgrounds because of people like the Hartingers. We have been threatened with firearms and, at the very least, kept awake at all hours by people looking to party away from their homes.

Some people get away for the quiet of the outdoors or to wake up early for a 10-plus-mile hike. I’m thankful for the U.S. National Park Service and dearly wish they had more funding to protect people like us from people like the Hartingers.

Janet Conway

Spokane


 

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