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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dan, Based on my conversation with Mark Cooke this afternoon, I think we can rest assured that the NPS has flat out lied, AGAIN, about their backcountry numbers.  And when I say lied, I mean in a big way.  Mark has them dead to rights on…"
Jan 21
Dan G commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John, Shenanigans with the revenue numbers in a FOIA request is a possibility, however, such a request might still be productive if the actual site usage details are also requested.  If I suspect that someone is lying to me, I find it useful to…"
Jan 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"It is second hand information.  I have the name of the guy who witnessed it but nothing more. He was staying at the shelter.  He went to the lodge and the winter caretaker asked him to join them for a meal.  Inside was a large group…"
Jan 21
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John--Do you have verifiable evidence that Blackberry Farms is indeed using the Lodge? If so, I don't think an FOIA is needed; just documentation that it is happening. Jim Casada"
Jan 21
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm sure the NPS would juggle the FOIA numbers to equate precisely with the alleged uptick in visitation.  My next FOIA will probably be to ask the NPS why they are allowing Blackberry Farms to rent out Leconte Lodge in the winter when it…"
Jan 21
Dan G commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"97,629 person nights in the backcountry for 2015?  This should correspond to $390,516 in fees collected. What next, an FOIA request on the amount collected to provide a much needed sanity/shenanigans check for this number?"
Jan 20
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Nobody is questioning them. They're a bunch of drones."
Jan 20
Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Unbelievable! Didn't really cite any figures or state how much money was made by the fee. Very curious."
Jan 20
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
Jan 19
Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"We are indeed poor substitutes for the famous Mr. Casada.  I think our response to the next to last post, that somehow brought Jesus into the discussion, should be that Jesus got violently angry when he came upon the money changers defiling His…"
Jan 15
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"not so fast, Jim.  You've been understandably distracted.  Rob and I are just the b team filling in till you are back to 100% And when the 6th circuit puts out their decision overturning the fee, you will be cranking on all 8…"
Jan 15
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John--That's quite clever word usage. Methinks maybe I best pull in my literary horns and turn the writing over to you. Jim Casada"
Jan 15
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"AJ, Mr. Lail  Flailed, Failed and ultimately Bailed.     "
Jan 15
Andrew Sisson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"It is amazing on Go Smokies.  When anyone whom is apparently against the NPS backcountry fee is viewed as negative and all comments are shut down.  It appears that nothing has changed over the years surrounding this fee and the perception…"
Jan 15
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
""Praetorian Guard" "
Jan 14
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Apparently I have pissed of Jack Flail, the KNS editor over on gosmokies.   He must have read what I wrote over here.  Thanks for visiting Jack.  "
Jan 14

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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4206 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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