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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"You're right Erik,  looks like the GSMA has deleted my comment.  I'm going to repost it over there and keep them busy. "
Feb 21
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John, When I went initially to view the linked GSMA video on YouTube your comment didn't appear in my browser, and it still doesn't. Thus my tongue-in-cheek "shocked" post of last night. As for those County Commission votes,…"
Feb 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"That was a watershed moment, Erik.  Hard to believe it has been two years!  Aside from the great, impassioned speeches made by members of this forum, I will have to say that next to Donna Davis, your grand finale was the death blow for…"
Feb 21
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Happy 2nd Anniversary to all on the passage of the Blount County Resolution! Thanks, again, to John and Myers, Jennifer Jones, Tab Burkhalter, and Tonya Burchfield; also Adam, Andrew, Dan, Dave, David, Donna, Gregg, Janet,…"
Feb 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Erik, I'm surprised they have let my comments stay this long.  I'm guessing they haven't checked the video lately but here is what I posted beneath it. If the GSMA were truly supporting the preservation of the Smokies, they would…"
Feb 21
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"What comments would those be, John? I'm shocked."
Feb 20
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The Great Smoky Mtns Association, presumably under the direction of the Unabagger, Gary Wilson, have produced this fine documentary outlining the benefits of running a Llama train up to Mt. Leconte.  Ironically, it is called "Grandstand of…"
Feb 20
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Methinks it is time to send a letter, quoting this information on FOIA, and ask for the material or an explanation. Jim Casada"
Feb 20
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"http://www.foia.gov/faq.html#answer The time it takes to respond to each request varies depending on the complexity of the request itself and the backlog of requests already pending at the agency. In some circumstances, the agency will be able to…"
Feb 20
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
""Fuzzy Math" These federal bureaucrats (GSMNP) are apparently refusing to respond to our latest legal FOIA requests.  It is amazing how these people think the law does not apply to them. The time is apparently coming where a second…"
Feb 20
Tim Fell commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Mark, Thanks for all your diligent work,  I'll definitely start giving you some numbers and observations in the future."
Feb 20
Tim Fell and Mark Cooke are now friends
Feb 20
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I think Mark’s suggestion for folks to document their own observations for a comparison to the numbers posted on the park’s website is an excellent one. After all, the fee was advanced as a way to deter people from manipulating the…"
Feb 20
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Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Tim, There are 89 tent campsites, and 15 shelters. Yes, that data was taken by looking at each site. There have been way to many backpackers that  are surprised the numbers are less than when they got their permit. This has been experienced by…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 3999 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

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