J. Todd Foster, managing editor of The Bristol Herald-Courier, weighs in on the abuse of power by the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Criminal Interdiction Team (CIT) during FloydFest.

Writes Foster:

Perhaps these national park rangers should be spending more time hunting for black bear and ginseng poachers than hassling spectators at a music festival.

But for the second year in a row, FloydFest – our region’s own little, family-oriented version of Woodstock – has been mired by heavy-handed law enforcement.

Meanwhile, I’ve been digging around in the federal budget and find that part of CIT’s funding comes from The Department of Homeland Security, the "big brother agency created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

No wonder they threw the Patriot Act in my face during my encounter with their gestapo-like tactics.