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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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Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Sad that it has come to this! We all knew when they implemented the backcounty tax that that was just the beginning and here we are......................    But I also heard that they were not going to enforce the parking tax......"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Great Smoky Mountains News Release Release Date: August 15, 2022 Contact: Dana Soehn, Dana_Soehn@nps.gov, 865-712-4928 Park announces 2023 fee program changes Great Smoky Mountains National Park leadership announced the decision to adopt the Park it…"
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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
"Thanks Jo! "
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Jo Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Signed by me"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Let's go ahead and get everyone to sign this. Ca$h needs to understand that we can get along without him. https://chng.it/FJjhYF9Chz"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"WATE just aired a segment about the opposition to the parking fee. They referred to it as "double taxation" and borrowed our language from which the NC resolution was drafted.  Here is a link to the story.  Ca$h isnt going to…"
Jun 17
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The North Carolina legislature just passed a resolution condemning the Smokies parking fee.  This is some mud in the eye of Cash and crew. https://wlos.com/news/local/newly-filed-nc-house-joint-resolution-opposes-proposed-parking-fees-in-gsmnp"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks Erik. It was difficult to cram it all in there. But, after reading the ignorant comments there and elsewhere, it is obvious that the largely emotional millennials generation is okay with any amount of money being charged by the NPS because…"
Jun 2
Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Nice job, John. It's difficult when there are so many misrepresentations (to be kind) widely circulated and commonly reinforced to even know where to begin when limited to a mere 600 words for a rebuttal.  Did KNS indicate when it would…"
Jun 2
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I'm grateful to Joel Christopher at KNS for printing the SFW position on this parking fee and increase in backcountry camping fee. Of course, the usual GSMA and Sugarlands trolls are out in force in the comments there. But, the KNS is THE only…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"If Mark's rated an "Amen", then yours, Erik, warrants a passing of the plate. Those words are golden and I will be borrowing liberally from them over the next months. Particularly important is the Maunday Thursday sham meeting. Like…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4843 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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