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Old 10-02-2013   #51
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Originally Posted by tanderson View Post
The National Parks belong to us. They can have their system, but the land belongs to the people. They can't keep us out of it. Being somebody that has yet to draw a permit, I tear up with hatred and anger with the current events. Blocking the people from their land, who do these people think they are? Is there a put in a little higher that people could use that would enable them to float past this bullshit? My guess is that the Park System thinks they are absolutely mandatory to the enjoyment of the areas they are blocking us from. To let people go through and enjoy the canyon would show them that they are not entirely necessary. In fact they are worthless most of the time. It would insult their existence. What about rescue???? Put a big ass sign that says enter at your own risk and let the people float!

Down with the park service.

Why are unpaid park service people keeping people out? If they are unpaid, why don't they just go home and let people float? If they are paid, why are they considered "essential"? Really, what is essential about keeping people off the Grand????

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Old 10-03-2013   #52
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Email to governor's office does accept non Arizona addresses.

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Old 10-03-2013   #53
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This sucks for everyone involved.
A shutdown almost happened to us in 2011, but Congress resolved the impasse at the last minute.
Would also suck to have to enforce the closure when you aren't getting paid and don't know when you will be paid again.
Call your representative in Congress. Tell them what you think.
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Old 10-03-2013   #54
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Park Service staff manning the barricade are paid.
It's illegal (really) to provide unpaid labor for government services. Government employees cannot even volunteer. It's illegal. They could (would) loose their jobs, and could go to jail. Really.

It's been pointed out that there are no savings by closing Lees Ferry. The very rangers who are manning the barricades are the same ones who would be checking groups in.

Emergency services are still running.

There is absolutely NO reason to close the park like this.

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