Tuesday, April 25

Never Forget, Eh?

The Post profiles the "one member of Congress" who has blocked an appropriation for the Park Service to buy 1200 acres of land for a Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, PA. Besides being an opponent to government land ownership in general, Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) notes that private donations have fallen far short of their $30 million commitment, so the government could be left holding the bag for an elaborate site. Taylor has suggested a scholarship fund instead.

The Renegades have been doing their part by traveling to Pennsylvania to tend the grounds of the flight's temporary memorial. Now maybe Universal Pictures can help. Ten percent of the opening weekend's gross from United 93 (premiering tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival) will be donated to the memorial foundation. In the end, the Post thinks congressional leaders won't want to look like cheapskates when it comes to honoring the flight that fought back -- and probably saved the Capitol building -- so I expect Taylor's intrasigence to be only a temporary obstacle.