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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Just when you think it can't get any better, the News Sentinel publishes an opinion piece today entitled "Park has Continued to Make Progess"  by..................drum roll....................Lameass Alexander. "
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"When 8 counties including Knox passed resolutions to call for a stop to the back country tax, the sentinel reporter Simmons told me he didn't have staff to co er it. Unbelievable"
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"Front page of Knoxville News Sentinel today is the following headline:  Smokies to Host Appreciation Luncheon for Employees. Man, are they on the forefront of issues related to park users."
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"This is from Bob Wightman, retired NPS bigwig who was involved in the administration of frontcountry camping.  You  have a former NPS official admitting that the park seeks public comment on proposals that are going to be implemented…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"...good one, Dustin"
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Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Jim, In pouring over Bob Wightman's comments, (# 58 ) wherein he identifies himself as the former administrator of frontcountry campground administration at GRSM, there is a ton of "smoking gun" comments.  The fact that he is…"
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Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John--Although there's obviously no way to ascertain this, I think the odds are excellent that a goodly number of the supportive comments came from Park employees or folks who are in effect embedded in the Park culture thanks to being permit…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"the final Tally of public comments regarding Cash's proposed 25%  frontcountry camping fee increase is as follows: 135 total 5 test messages 5 opinions 125 total qualified comments 63 Opposing comments   That is 50.4 %  The…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4347 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.

Therefore, it is our collective opinion that the…

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