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Senator jumps into hot water


Sen. Blanche Lincoln dips a toe in the trademark squabble in Hot Springs that pits the Hot Springs National Park's boss, a U.S. Park Service employee, against the city visitor's bureau over the bureau's use of the words National Park in conjunction with its advertising. The senator seems to side with the locals over the federal bureaucrat, who's trying to strip the words from city advertising.


 Washington – U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln today released the following statement in response to the National Park Service’s attempt to cancel the city’s “Hot Springs National Park” trademark:

“I regret that the situation has been elevated to this level.  I, like many Arkansans, have wonderful memories of times spent in Hot Springs.  As an Arkansan, I am proud of Hot Springs’ rightful place as a tourist destination that adds critical dollars to the state of Arkansas.  I am proud of the spirit of cooperation that has existed for so many years among all sectors of the community and the National Park. 

“The situation we find ourselves in today is extremely unfortunate and, I believe, unnecessary.  The National Park Service has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the people of Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas and its actions have caused irreparable damage to the spirit of cooperation that has helped Hot Springs flourish.”


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