In shutdown, national parks transformed into Wild West

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Looks like the Trump shutdown is going to have a lasting impact on our park systems.  People will be seeing the results of the Republican inability to govern for months if not years. 

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This is one example of why we need some of the ‘Non-Essential Employees”.

 

There are just too many people who are unable to police themselves and act responsibly.

 

The actions of these people will be costly to correct. The NPS is also losing much of their funding for keeping the parks up by not being able to collect user fees.

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"....Our magnificent national parks are becoming huge outdoor toilets with off roaders destroying scenery that will take a generation to recover.  Bad people?  Maybe, but if any mayor pulled police off the streets for a few weeks, would they blame the "bad people"?...".

 

I would. This just shows you what people are really like in this country. There is no reason people can't take their garbage home with them instead of throwing it out on the road. There is no reason for letting your dogs run free, stringing up lights on protected trees, running your 4-wheeler in protected areas.

Yup, typical Americans to me.


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The #Trumpshutdown stories are starting. Our magnificent national parks are becoming huge outdoor toilets with off roaders destroying scenery that will take a generation to recover.  Bad people?  Maybe, but if any mayor pulled police off the streets for a few weeks, would they blame the "bad people"?

 

The Smithsonian Museum system will shut down next week putting a very, very public face on the #Trumpshutdown movement. Trump has asked for a meeting with incoming Democratic House leaders tomorrow (Wednesday) but it is unclear if the meeting will be televised like the last one (surprise!!). The Republicans in either house do not trust Trump without a public announcement of his intentions so I doubt the Democrats will. After the last attempt by Trump to televise negotiations, Schumer and Pelosi may demand it this time. Watching how Trump melted down last time, I would.

 

 

 

The partial government shutdown, triggered by the dispute between President Trump and Congress over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, is now well into its second week, with no resolution in sight. Democrats, who take control of the House on Thursday, plan to vote on a bill to open much of the government while denying Trump money for the wall. The president, in a tweet on Tuesday, rejected the legislation that provides border security money but no funds for the wall.

 

The government shutdown has left America’s national parks largely unsupervised. No one is at the gate. No one is collecting a fee. The visitor centers are closed. There are some law enforcement and emergency personnel on site, but certainly nothing as standard as a park ranger who can answer a question.

People are streaming into the parks, enjoying the free access, but they’re finding trash cans overflowing and restrooms locked. Vault toilets are not serviced, and there’s hardly a flush toilet to be found anywhere. If nature calls — well, the woods are over that way.

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-shutdown-national-parks-transformed-into-wild-west--heavi...

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