Utah national parks, military workers feels bite of government shutdown

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  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 9:57 p.m.

    During a "college" summer, I went on a tour to Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France and England. We experienced strikes and "maintenance" which caused us to miss out on Michaelangelo's "David" and a number of other Italian treasures, The Louvre (yep, the whole thing), and museums in England which housed some pretty famous items we would liked to have seen. Alternate activities were found. We were greatly disappointed, but survived. So will the foreign tourists if they rationally think about the same types of situations which have happened in their own countries.

    I am truly sad for the businesses near the National Parks who count on the revenue from the fall season to carry them through.

  • davidmpark Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    I will not at all feel sorry for those on leave. I was one of them several years ago: they have job security; they don't have to worry about their results too much; they have the best pay and benefits compared to the private sector at taxpayer expense.

    I have to stay home with my disabled spouse - I can't work. She has seizures, balance problems, memory issues, and a lot of other problems. I have to do her meds, injections, drive her to doc appointments and therapies. I get paid NOTHING to do this - I do it because I love her. Some of these non-essential federal workers have made dealing with her issues much more difficult than it should be. I have to fill out their paperwork for hours on end; and then they deny us most of the time anyway. Then comes the appeals, then the reviews, then the updates... they made this worse than it should be - and they bring in 20X what my wife gets in SSDI.

    I don't think they should get any back pay when it's over - they need to experience some of their own medicine - they're overpaid, anyway.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 2, 2013 11:43 a.m.

    The bite is an intentional act of revenge for not electing Romney who vowed to repeal legally the Affordable Health Care Act.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 1, 2013 11:06 p.m.

    Trade funding of Obama vacations, and IRS conferences:

    * parks, and monuments stay open.
    * many uninsured Americans get insured.
    * White House tours continue
    * some students get into college

    Where are our priorities?

  • Maibraina WEST JORDAN, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    I wonder if the NSA shut down? LOL

  • djk blue springs, MO
    Oct. 1, 2013 7:02 p.m.

    the truth is all employees will be paid. obama is wanting to scare the country through his lies yet again. my insurance just doubled so thanks to all whom thought obama was the answer.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    Oct. 1, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    Re: Shut down of the National Parks:

    The federal government should turn operation of these parks over to the states, where it rightfully belongs. When the western states joined the union, the federal government held onto over 60% of lands in some cases that should have gone to the states.

    Its high time that the people through their elected representatives in the US House of Representatives begin to demand that the government adhere to the limitations on government as outlined in the Constitution. The House has the power to limit funding. If they won't stop spending, then cut off the money.

    Oct. 1, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Why can't most Federal Employees at HAFB and other military installations use their generous Annual Leave and receive pay?

    BTW, the article correctly said the Delicate Arch is in Arches.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 4:27 p.m.

    Electing Tea Party to office is kind of like electing a fox to guard the hen house. People who hate government that are then elected to be in the government doesn't make sense and you can see it today when the government shuts down.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 1, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    Don't worry, just enjoy the time off... you'll get paid.