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"The NPS’s new motto should be “All things to all people.” What’s to prevent zip lining from being next (besides, perhaps, well-heeled commercial operations in beautiful Sevier Co)? After all, the case could be made that while…"
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"Looks like Ca$h has decided that mountain biking is another revenue stream for the Smokies.  So he is going to build some trails on our land and charge us to use them. Mountain Bike Trail Approved For Great Smoky Mountains National…"
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"Looks like the NPS is following the Ditmanson model of getting Leconte Lodge to make their parking pass plan look like the greatest thing…"
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"I'd bet Blackberry Farm that the Blue Ridge Parkway is already looking into parking fees. Wouldn't be surprised if the Big South Fork is too. Unchecked authority equates to impudent power which invariably expands and corrupts. "
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"We need to promote this petition and get some media to cover our lack of confidence in Cash.  If you haven't signed it, please consider doing so for all the reasons Mark, Erik and others have righteously pointed out. I will send it to the…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"At the end of an article in Wedensday’s KNS: “He (GSM Superintendent Cassius Cash) said Smokies officials visited and talked to other parks across the nation. He said there is a ‘buzz’ in the National Parks System about what…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Funding from the new parking fee and from the Great American Outdoors Act enacted in 2020 will provide the most new financial support for the Great Smokies since the park was created in 1934,” retired U.S. Senator from Tennessee…"
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"I read this press release earlier when JQ posted this. Seems like they just implement what they want and disregard the rest. It is a shame."
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"And to Mark Cooke's question below: "Where is the accountability on a proposal like this on where the monies will REALLY go. Does anyone care? How about transparency?" Sadly, I'm convinced most don't care, despite…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"What an absolute joke. As Tom and (I'm sure) plenty of others have wondered, what constitutes a "correspondence" and what qualifies as an "independent comment"? Let the spin -- oh, never mind the niceties, let the lies…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Cash it forward indeed, Mark. Great points.  It seems as if my esteemed Senator can't be bothered with this either."
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Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
""CASH IT FORWARD" I have read the Cash Man's new publication and listened to his video presentation twice, and I am blown away with the stats (cannot be true), and some of the comments from he and his office. His presentation of a an…"
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Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"So out of 3,677 correspondences, we are expected to believe this... "None of these correspondences voiced opposition to the fee itself." What is the diff b/n a correspondence and a independent comment?"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4853 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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