The Park Weather Office finally has offered a response to Animals’ complaints about the delay in the arrival of Spring weather this year. But it’s not an explanation that is satisfying to many.
In the statement released yesterday, the PWO says that transport difficulties were responsible for Spring’s tardiness.
The statement, which was issued to all media, read in part:
“We would like to inform Park Animals that, after a lengthy investigation, The Park Weather Office has concluded that transport difficulties were the cause of the tardy arrival of Spring weather this year.”
The statement went on to say that the PWO “will do everything in its power to ensure that this situation does not reoccur.”
Although the statement may have been issued in an attempt to placate an angry public, it appears to have done just the opposite.
“It’s no surprise that the PWO is blaming someone else,” says Kalliope Wollybear, president of the Weather Makers, Producers and Sellers Alliance of The Park (WMPSAP), whose members have alleged that they are being shut out of the weather-purchasing process by The Park Finance Office’s commitment to cost-cutting.
“It has consistently refused to take responsibility for its bad decisions and this is just one more example of that,” she says.
Those bad decisions, according to Wollybear, include purchasing cheap weather and weather that is produced outside the Park.
“The PWO says that, due to budget cuts, it has been forced to look elsewhere for better weather prices. It has totally ignored the fact that The Park produces some of the best weather that can be had. Even if it is slightly more expensive in the short run, it would save The Park a substantial amount in the long run, as we wouldn’t have to import as much food as we have been doing the last few years,” Wollybear says.
For its part, the PWO says that it is reviewing its purchasing policies and will submit the results of that review in time for the new budget, which is due in mid-July.
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