Years ago life was much simpler and government was much smaller and not as intrusive. With big brother looking over your shoulder, and also at you from cameras on street light stops, it is no wonder that the people are growing more tired of the process.
What once was a simple task or project is now getting bogged down with regulations and time wasted.
EASTHAM — Selectmen agreed last night to try and find a way to allow Boy Scouts to continue using town-owned land as a campground, continuing a practice going back 30 years.
The Scouts have been camping on the town's property, located in the middle of the Cape Cod National Seashore, for all that time based on a handshake agreement with selectmen.
"It was done with a wink and a nod," Vinnie Scrivani, who was a scoutmaster at that time, told selectmen at their meeting last night. Ten Scouts and at least as many Scout leaders attended the meeting.
Selectman Carol Martin reminded the audience, however, that this is 2010 and they needed written proof that they could camp on town-owned land and a zoning change to do it.
And, if opened up to one group, new laws require it also be opened to others.
"The town will be in the campground business," Selectman Aimee Eckman warned.
Scrivani said he wrote a letter to selectmen back in the late 1970s, and received their permission, but no paperwork has been found. Eckman first brought the matter before the board after she visited the site last year.
The site is essentially a 100-by-150-foot clearing in the woods with two picnic tables, a stone fire ring and a portable toilet the Scouts pay to have pumped out.
Scout leaders said they use the campground for only two or three overnight outings a year, and a half-dozen meetings and training sessions. While there are other campgrounds in other towns on the Cape that they can use, this is their home turf.
Our priorities are down to toilet paper and portable toilets in the woods? I say who is watching those bears........and where are they going to 'the bathroom'