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"More than welcome Dustin, and I agree John, Kind of wonder how they are gonna be able to keep sweeping stuff like this under the rug???"
Jun 26
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"John, I wasn't sure how to link to his FaceBook page so I copied and pasted this below....feel free to move or to delete if you choose, just looked interesting and sounds far too typical of their doings....."
Jun 24
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Interesting account sent to me apparently written by the supervior of Wildlife at Smokies. Wildlife personnel have always been just this type of professionals and always could be counted on. There were other rangers there also trying to sort out the…"
Jun 24
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"From yet another angle, I am wondering if any of you guys are following Jerry Grub on Face Book. He has had a couple of interesting posts about the fire and the possibility that the fire that affected Gatlinburg might possibly have stemmed from a…"
Jun 23
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I agree Myers, it has seemed to be their intention from the start..."
Jul 19, 2016
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"....and once more they turn a blind eye to the crooks in charge"
Apr 8, 2016
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"With each passing day the disregard of the public by the "in power elite", just become more and more blatant. Surely appears that our nation has become "of the govt.,by the govt., FOR THE GOVT."
Apr 1, 2016
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"My thanks as well to you and to Myers, along with everyone that has helped or contributed to this cause in any way! Though I don't post much and have only made a minimal contribution, I believe in our cause and appreciate the effort and…"
Mar 31, 2016
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Makes one wonder whatever happened to the concept of a government by the people, of the people, and for the people.....reminds me a bit of a Tea Party and revolt over taxation without representation...No consideration appears to be being given to…"
Dec 15, 2015
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Great job Myers!"
Dec 4, 2015
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Who would have guessed that the "Park Service" would do this same sort of stuff...favoring the "elite", out West? :)http://news.yahoo.com/report-finds-improper-park-lodge-wyoming-210150028.html"
Oct 10, 2015
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I completely agree Jim!"
Oct 6, 2015
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Jim and Others, the fellow was fishing a rig with two droppers under a dry, supposedly illegal? I commonly fish a dry / dropper rig myself. But this Ranger, his described attitude and conduct seems to epitomize the same power hungry and…"
Oct 6, 2015
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Just read an interesting post over at LRO's Fly Fishing Board under Smoky Mountain Fishing, titled "Increased Ranger Activity in GSMNP". Sounds like Gestapo tactics by one of their finest and borderline illegal except for the…"
Oct 6, 2015
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I suspect that the bear ran out of funds to pay the BC Fee and was forced to leave..."
Jun 23, 2015
Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Is it really any wonder that our govt's finest that came up with the Backcountry Fee to "solve non-existent issues" would operate on a kill bear now, identify it later only to discover they have solved yet another non-existent problem…"
Jun 23, 2015

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At 12:02am on April 5, 2015, Mark Cooke said…

Mike, thanks for all your work and fine comments that I have always enjoyed reading. Hope you and your loved ones enjoy a fine Easter weekend.

At 11:44am on February 25, 2013, Mark Cooke said…

Hey Mike, thanks for all you do in fighting the FEEASCO. I appreciate all your hard work. I was just on the Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog and saw a post of yours. At least it appears that it is yours. After staying 100's of times using the front country camping to set up my family's basecamp for backpacking I have never seen any showers in the NPS campgrounds. The only amenities they provide are sometimes a graveled platform for a tent, metal ring to contain a fire, sometimes a hook near the picnic table to hang a lantern, trash can or nearby dumpster, a bath house that only provides toilets/urinals/sinks, and a spigot nearby to draw treated water.

I just didn't want someone picking on you about the showers. At times that would be a nice feature but we have always gone to a commercial campground and paid for a shower after being in the backcountry for several days.

There are five frontcountry campgrounds that charge $14/night, Cataloochee is fixed at $20 for a tent as well as a large RV, which I always thought was unfair. Cades, Elkmont, and Smokemont start at $17 and stop at $20 or $23 for Elkmont.

Again, thanks for all your efforts to stand for what is right!

At 7:51pm on April 23, 2012, Gregg Bostick said…

Mike, I am a bi-vocational, Part-Time Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church and have been serving the same church for ten years.  What that means is I have two full time jobs...And you?  I see you have the same responsibilities to a "flock", which precludes most weekend trips into the backcountry...

At 5:33pm on January 4, 2012, John Quillen said…

thanks Mike, I hope you will consider joining our ongoing conversation over on the backcountry tax blog.  Folks get a little tired of hearing only us, I am afraid!

At 2:34pm on January 4, 2012, John Quillen said…

Welcome aboard, Mike.  Glad to have you here.

John

 
 
 

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