Cuts loom for Utah's national parks if Congress fails to resolve budget

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  • moabraft Moab, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    I find it odd that everyone is talking about needing to worry about more important things like homes, food, etc. This is not just a handful of seasonal employees jobs that are at stake but whole communities who's economies rely on the tourism of the National Parks. If the parks close off areas or shut down completely there are several thousands of jobs at stake. Are you going to invite those people into your homes to feed them? Not to mention billions of dollars that disappear from Utah's economy, not to mention the Federal economy. Remember, it's not just park employees who are impacted but those in restaurants, hospitality, outfitting, local retailers... and the money that these employees bring to the community funding grocery stores, gas stations, etc. In order to have a strong and viable economy, we need to have a mufti-faceted and diverse society that includes our National Parks.

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Feb. 3, 2013 6:07 p.m.

    Since we don't have enough money for the park system ,Why are we or the gov't in cahoots with special interest groups trying to designate millions more acres for national monument??

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Feb. 3, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    Let's say we have $1.00 available to spend. (Forget that we are currently spending $1.62 but still only actually have that $1.00 and are borrowing the rest.)

    What are the national priorities?
    Defense, interest on the national debt, social security, medicare, medicaid, new F-16s for Egypt, student loans, highways, Congressional salaries, Sesame Street programming, seasonal employees at national parks, the Raisin Administrative Committee, farm subsidies, ethanol subsidies, federal prisons, FBI, FAA, or something else?

    Spend that $1.00 on what is most important, but it will not buy all the stuff you used to get. Some things really are more important than others. Some things are NOT Constitutionally mandated federal obligations.

    I don't think that our country will collapse if we do not have all the National Park employees that we would like, or used to have. We will collapse if we do not pay for a lot of other stuff.

    Besides, the greenies keep telling us that everything should be "wilderness" anyway, so let it all go back to nature and force everyone to hike in on foot.

    There is no more money, and we are beyond broke and unsustainably in debt.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Feb. 3, 2013 6:43 a.m.

    Oh the horror, the feds will have to cut some funds. The mountains, canyons, and vistas will still be there...what will be missing? Oh the people have co opted the natural beauty so they can create a job for themselves. Turn the national parks all over to the state for supervision, contract out the lodging and food to private companies. Why we trust distant bureaucrats to run our backyards and just assume that the locals will be bought off by lobbyist is beyond me?

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Feb. 2, 2013 5:17 a.m.

    Funding national parks are not the most important things we should be worried about. When we have a president wasting trillions of dollars on 'advertising' and 'indoctrination' and child 'mind control' programs to destroy this country I don't think flushing toilet have any priority.

    We have to stop worrying about Utah and its personal pork funding when the existence of all we have is at risk, including our homes and families and responsible education. Health care is the individuals responsibility and that will become very evident by the end of this year when 50% of all incomes will be confiscated by the government in taxes or fees.

    Our soverignty, our nation, our government is at too much risk to worry about a few dollars to have a flushing toilet in the wilderness.

  • AT Elk River, MN
    Feb. 1, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    Eventually, these parks will be set aside for the rich and famous. These budget cuts will continue and the "public" access will be further restricted. Oh, the park overseers will complain how they really really want us to be able to use the parks, but due to circumstances beyond their control, well, you know. Then, during the times when we're not allowed to go, special people will be brought in by helicopter or on buses with tinted windows and they'll enjoy the parks.