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As a native Washingtonian for whom the C&O Canal has been a lifelong source of pleasure, I was truly offended by Erik Wemple’s idiotic article (“Hate Canal,” 11/7). From spring warbler watching at Pennyfield Lock (20 species this year) to great smallmouth bass fishing at Seneca Breaks (I caught my limit of keepers this fall), the Park is the thread that connects these wonderful spots. For the thousands of hikers, bikers, runners, birders, and fishermen (as well as folks just out for a pleasant stroll), the park is a real treasure, worth every dime spent to keep it usable. It guarantees public access to 187 miles of the Potomac shoreline and keeps the developers at bay. There isn’t a park in or near any other large eastern U.S. city that comes close to being the public resource the C&O Canal is. That a moron like Wemple, who admits to having the aesthetic of a 5-year-old, couldn’t find “nirvana” there isn’t

surprising—ya’ seen one tree, ya’ seen ’em all, eh Erik? Why not go home and play Nintendo?

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