I was glad to spend some time at Capitol Reef this past weekend. I also know
that the communities of Torrey, Moab and Springdale will appreciate our
governor's efforts to help their local economies by getting these places
open. I thought this was good leadership by the governor. Instead of whining he
acted and came up with a solution to help his state.I still do hope
that our state will either get reimbursed for its costs or that it gets to keep
the fees collected during the shutdown. That seems fair.
I would hope our elected State Representatives are calling on our Washington
Senators and Congressmen to end the completely unnecessary shut down of our
country. Our State elected representatives should be held accountable for the
mess we are in each and every one of them. If it weren't for their
political staging we wouldn't need to fund the Utah National Parks. The
billions of dollars that these guy's have cost our country is unforgivable.
Instead of funding the parks why are we not funding WIC? is that not more
justme001, when a business suffers, the state will come to the rescue. They
aren't going to come to the rescue of a baby. Babies don't contribute
money to political campaigns.
I am glad to see the parks open, and had Harry Reid and Obama accepted the
funding repeatedly passed by the House Republicans, state funds would not be
needed. Let's make sure we put the blame where it belongs.However, in reality, this is just the state of Utah paying ransom to the
demands of bullies in Washington, or their minions following orders in the
field. While it may have been appropriate to close the manned visitor centers,
etc, it was totally unnecessary to waste even more money blocking off roads and
having the militarized park rangers stationed there to block public access. The legislature needs to come up with a tax on federal agencies (only)
to recoup the cost of keeping the parks open.To the two posters
above, when the state keeps the parks open, that promotes business, and
earnings, and taxes, which then help pay for all the welfare handouts.
Meanwhile, I encourage you to make voluntary contributions to the welfare
agencies to support those who really need WIC. And, maybe fight for better
policing of welfare eligibility so limited tax dollars only go to the truly
needy, not ineligible scammers.
justme001,Kings CourtSilly, short-sighted comments from both of you.
Businesses provide jobs which help families provide food, clothing and shelter
for babies and children, so parents can provide for themselves instead of having
to rely on government assistance.
Millions to subsidize local businesses, but nothing to help poor families.
Whatever happened to free enterprise and keeping government out of business? We
don't want government control, but we're sure willing to accept
government money. Typical Republican skewed priorities and hypocrisy.
The state of Utah paying to reopen the National Parks is by analogy like a
neighbor who is use to driving a Prius and suddenly is able to borrow her
neighbors Corvette. The thrill is momentary until the borrower has to pay for
maintenance and up keep. The National Park Service has a strong tradition of
serving the public and protecting our national heritage. This tradition which
must be maintained for future generations comes at a high cost, a cost the State
of Utah can't afford on a continuing basis.I hope the nose of this
camel under the tent isn't used as a reference point for the Lee extremist,
including the Governor, who will say with a perfectly straight face, we can
manage national assets locally. Again, it would similar to a new pilot having
gotten his pilot's license in a Piper Cub boarding a 747 with passengers
and demanding to fly it. It just isn't safe to take off.Let's
I had a trip planned to Zion the first part of November, if the park is closed
my money will not be spent there on lodging, food, and equipment rentals.
Economically it's really pretty simple.
@DNSub2: Who caused this ask Jason? Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah),
presiding over the chamber, told Van Hollen that the rule he was asking to use
had been "altered" and he did not have the privilege of bringing that
vote to the floor. In the ensuing back and forth, Chaffetz said the recently
passed House Resolution 368 trumped the standing rules. Where any member of the
House previously could have brought the clean resolution to the floor under
House Rule 22, House Resolution 368 -- passed on the eve of the shutdown -- gave
that right exclusively to the House majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor of
Virginia."The Rules Committee, under the rules of the House, changed
the standing rules of the House to take away the right of any member to move to
vote to open the government, and gave that right exclusively to the Republican
Leader," said Van Hollen. "Is that right?""The House
adopted that resolution," replied Chaffetz.The government is not
parted out by republican decree, or is it?
The taxpayer has already paid for the operation and maintenance of national
parks and monuments. It is the people of business interests that have stopped
the payment of money by the government of obligations previously made and the
use of money already collected.Now the state wants to collect money
to pay for those things that the state is preventing the federal government from
paying. The purpose of which is to prevent businesses who depend on the
taxpayer funded and owned to lose any profits. Shame on those
people that put business profits above the wealth fare of people. Shame on
those who think that just because they are part of the people who own the public
lands that they can use those lands as if they belonged only to themselves.
Shame on those people who use people as gun fodder in their quest for gold.
Since the Federal Gov't will not allow the States to use their own
personnel to open the parks I think it is only fair that the States get to keep
75% of the fees collected by the Park Rangers. And shame on the
Federal Gov't for saying they can't afford to keep the Parks open, but
they can afford to pay people to install blockades and man them to prevent
anyone from entering.
I think this is a great idea and will only help. Our family (we're local
to Utah) had to cancel our annual fall break trip to Arches because it was still
closed. Since we're local we're small potatoes but this cancellation
still cost the area about $800 for our weekend. What a shame that Moab lost out
on those dollars. For the state to keep the parks open was a no-brainer and
what a good thing that we're in a good economic position to be able to pay
for this. I also love that our state leadership was very forward thinking in
approaching the President for this ability.
I helped elect our representatives to govern. I want governments operating, not
shutdown. Governor Herbert is doing a good job in keeping the parks open. Those
of our congressional delegation who are responsible for the shut down need to be
held accountable. Can Utah find rational republicans that will promise to
govern, rather than shut down government? I believe we can find better
representation and I would gladly donate to campaigns that make it a priority to
keep government operating.
Seven million???All that's needed to keep parks open is a
couple a people at the gate to collect fees. And the fees should easily cover
their (obscene) wages.
The tea party should be required to fund this bill.