Let's hear it for the Yellowstone Park rangers who bullied and terrified senior citizens

The headline in the Merrimack Valley Eagle-Tribune is unusual: "'Gestapo' Tactics Meet Senior Citizens at Yellowstone." Surely an exaggeration, right? Right?   Vaillancourt took part in a nine-day tour of western parks and sites along with about four dozen senior citizen tourists. One of the highlights of the tour was to be Yellowstone, where they arrived just as the shutdown went into effect. Rangers systematically sent visitors out of the park, though some groups that had hotel reservations -- such as Vaillancourt's -- were allowed to stay for two days. Those two days started out on a sour note, she said. The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn't "recreate." The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren't "recreating," just...(Read Full Post)