Nation: This Hallowed Ground

Defacing a public monument is a crime in France; the idea is worth borrowing and extending to cover such assaults as the Disney scheme to turn California's Mineral King mountain fastness into a tourist development, or the perennial proposal to build a highway through the Grand Canyon. Anyone approaching the national battlefield military park at Gettysburg runs a gauntlet of gaudy billboards, and now Tom Ottenstein, a developer from Silver Spring, Md., is going ahead with plans to build a 300-ft. sightseeing tower on an acre of private land not far from the Gettysburg National Cemetery. It will be topped with...

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