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  • #21
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    And states run them better too. Besides local volunteer groups are usually the ones repairing trails and other monuments on public lands.
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    That might work too. Here our national parks are nation but that's because we are a much smaller country and a unitary state to boot but America's states are bigger than a lot of European countries so it just might work. But what about those Parks that cross borders ?
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    Right. I looked it up and it would mean that the following parks would remain in the hands of the Federal Government as they cross borders (and the Federal Government can control cross-state border trade):

    Death Valley (California and Nevada)
    Great Smoky Mountains (North Carolina and Tennessee)
    Yellowstone (Wyoming, Montana and Idaho)

    Furthermore - as the following areas are no States:

    American Samoa (American Samoa)
    Virgin Islands (United States Virgin Islands)

    (It would still be theoretically possible to turn them into Territorial Parks)

    Historic sites that would remain under Federal control as they cross borders:

    Fort Smith National Historic Site (Arkansas and Oklahoma)
    Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (Washington and Oregon)

    Can actually be turned into a single service in order to make things easier.
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    Yeah, you said it perfectly. The Great Outdoors did well for itself before humans came along....then humans came along. Sadly, it takes resources to protect these areas from people who would exploit them for their personal gain (at the expense of everyone else in the country to whom these spectacular places also belong) and to maintain the roads and trails and facilities that make these places accessible to anyone who wishes to use them.
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    It's funny. These places are WE THE PEOPLE'S not some separate government entity sucking our taxpayer money. Now, this shoud expose just out invasive Washington has become and how disconnected from the reality of the boundaries of government set forth in the Constitution they are.....
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    think thats bad,do a search those places are closed to we the people,the American citizens yet open for illegal aliens rallies

    search national mall open for illegal aliens.
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    If we really cared about our outdoors we would probably want to keep Fed out of them.
    The outdoors has been here mych longer than we have, I think the outdoors will be just fine.

    Now thise out of work, oh well, find another job, or tell Obama to start negotiating
  • #22
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    The shutdown of the national parks is a stunt calculated by obama to generate outrage against the GOP.
  • #20
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    When I was young, we had natural beauty all around us... we have one of the most beautiful parks in the country. I fail to see why we need to spend millions on 'natural beauty', in other words, we don't. It's
    one more scare from the Libs, and I am sick of it. Now, I will go out and smell my beautiful roses, and visit
    Lake Erie tomorrow, we have a cottage there, and it's all good!( ;
  • #19
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    To the author of this piece. You do realize the house has tried to pass bills through the senate to re-open the parks but were met with a resounding "NO!" By Obama and the senate right?

    Perhaps if we sent less money to terroristic nations that hate our country and our majority religion then we'd have more money to give to national parks. I've always found state parks to be better run and better maintained than national parks. And usually the people doing the work to keep trails and bike trails up and running are local volunteer groups.

    Perhaps we need to bring back the CCC camps and put these folks who aren't working on the end of a pick and shovel and let them build something and repair the national parks for some food, shelter, and benefits.
  • #37
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    Quite frankly, the Federal government has no business in the world of entertainment and recreation. Protection of our citizens and boarders need to be the priority. Let the states or private business run them with tax credits for keeping them in their pristine state and laws that protect them to stay that way.
  • #35
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    Cade's Cove, a part of the Smoky Mountains, is land given to the Gov by the land owners years ago. These families can't even go visit the cemetery's their relatives are buried at. I say take the land back!
  • #27
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    They are National Parks! All they have to do is quit sending money to Muslim extreme countries, pull out our troops and close our embassies there and the problem is solved.
  • #23
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    The parks have been around for thousand of years, they will be around thousands more years, when all these people are long forgotten. Why not the big outrage when they stopped Americans from touring the WH? That is a huge issue that went almost completely unpublicized. The peoples house that is now Obama's house! NAH! That should be still an outrage for every American in this country. Hell with the liberal media!
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    all parks owned by the Federal government should be turned over to the state governments as it is beyond the purview of federal government to own land except for D.C. and few other places,but the shut down makes no difference to me,if i want to walk there i will,don,t need any trails,trinkets or portapotties,least of all tree and twig cops
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    from what i understand most are self funding,getting more than enough from entry fees to cover costs of running,if this is the case on all then it would seem someone is closing them to make matters worst and have nothing to do with gov shutdown.

    another was shut down in my area,the fees more than cover the 2 full time rangers,if they need help local law enforcement comes in,still funded locally.
  • #28
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    They already do in a lot of places. Here in Kentucky to ramp a boat at any state launch site will cost you three dollars. Camp sites are up to $25.00 a night. To drive through the Elk Range at land Between the Lakes cost money. The states are making money hand over foot on things that tax-payer dollars has already paid for. That's why you have way more overpaid administrative personnel rather than game wardens. It's as bloated as the federal government.
  • #36
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    Several weeks ago I tried to get in RMNP and it was closed due to the flooding in Estes Park. Now I want to access a park back East....closed. I can understand the closure for floods. This impacted my hunting.

    If the gov't tries to block access to my Wyo. home, surrounded by federal land, it may not be pretty. They shouldn't block anyone from their homes.
  • #25
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    Frankly, giving more federal money to the National Park Service has only resulted in NPS officials increasing their power, and therefore control over, our public lands. Entry fees have increased in some of our parks to $20 or $30. That's the fee we pay AFTER tax funding, and the government still have the huevos to shut them down because they claim funding is shut off?

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/news/20...

    What's more, as we pay more and more, areas of our western parks are closed (even when parks are "open"), roads are blocked, additional rules and restrictions applied, MORE fees are added, camping costs extra, etc etc.. In Canyonlands National Park, for instance, it costs $10 entry fee to get in. But if you want to drive some dirt "jeep" roads, you have to pay ANOTHER $10 fee.

    All that, and then the White House uses the NPS for political purposes by punitively shutting down lands that NEVER CLOSE, parking lots, roadside views, unattended monuments, etc. in order to foment public anger.

    Well, I'm angry all right, but not at who the White House wants me to be angry with. I'm angry with Barack Obama and the Democrats for turning the NPS into a political policy enforcement agency, and I'm angry at the NPS for allowing itself to be used in such a manner. My confidence that the NPS can effectively manage and monitor our public lands is in question. Perhaps it's time to re-think federal policy on public lands, and perhaps look to decentralizing the parks and allowing state and local control.
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