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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 16 2013 7:30 p.m. MDT

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Visitor from California
Berkeley, CA

I arrived at Zion Monday, where my family comes every October for a week's vacation. I'm grateful the governor and then the state legislature of Utah reached an agreement to fund the national parks during the shutdown. They made it possible, at the last moment, for us to keep our reservation and contribute to the local economy of Southern Utah (we lost out on a couple of days at the North Rim due to the shutdown). As I talk to some of the people in the area around the park who lost pay and income during the shutdown (and who won't receive back pay or compensation, unlike the government employees), it's clear to me how important it is that we as a nation avoid a repeat of this mess. I read that S&P estimates that $24 billion was lost to the national economy due to the shutdown. Utah, I love the natural beauty of your state, and I hope your voters will hold your congressional representatives accountable for the role they played in causing the shutdown to begin with, especially Senator Lee, who was one of the chief instigators. Enough is enough.

Visitor from California
Berkeley, CA

By the way, I also wanted to thank the Deseret staff for covering the issue of state funding for the Utah parks over the past week-plus. As we weighed our plans (and while the fate of our reservation was up in the air), it was most helpful to have some on-the-ground news from Utah!

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Salt Lake City, UT

Seven million buys a lot of dinners at the cafes. Should let them split a million and save six.

Salt Lake City, UT

Good job, Utah state! In the future, lets not elect representatives that will shut down the federal government. Lets build together not destroy what we have built in the past.

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