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Oldest full-time park ranger tells Congress to ‘get out of my way’

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RICHMOND, Calif. – The oldest full-time National Park Service ranger in the country is feisty and not happy about being furloughed.

Betty Reid Soskin said, “I have the sense of urgency, this is my last decade. I can’t afford to have anybody waste my time and that’s what they’re doing.”

92-year-old Betty Reid Soskin is living her personal dream of giving tours at the “Rosie The Riveter Wold War II Home Front National Historical Park.”

Soskin says the shutdown is getting in her way of bringing those important stories to the public.

She said, “I’m not wise enough to know what they should do, except maybe get out of my way.”

Soskin gives tours at the park three days a week and works the other two days at the park’s administrative offices.