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Jan 26th - 12:00pm | wild places
Agree or disagree with the viewpoint I can't imagine anyone in the private sector tweeting against their employer and have any expectation of keeping their job. Put yourself in the place of having employees criticize your business (or you) in their off hours.
Jan 26th - 11:59am | Ray Bane
The BNP employees are to be congratulated for their principled and courageous stand to uphold the ideals and traditions of the National Park System. Hopefully the National Park Service will stand beside them in the commitment to scientific evidence and service to the owner public of our national parks. The NPS is first and foremost the servant of the PEOPLE.
Jan 26th - 11:44am | sande
YOU KEEP ON KEEPING ON ! KUDOS TO WHOEVER !
Jan 26th - 09:33am | Elizabeth Adamson
if, by any chance, the DT administration should defund national parks, I would still pay any amount to go to them. They are our national treasure.... Keep on Brothers and Sisters.....
Jan 26th - 05:13am | beachdumb
Please take the fake news to the underground where it belongs. The climate change scam is over but please feel free provide your alternative views and data on your own dime and time.
Jan 26th - 01:24am | Susan watson
We will not go silently!
Jan 25th - 23:51pm | tomp2
Thanks for the reminder about Thunderbear, Lee! I hadn't read him in several years. A good way to unwind with a few laughs after a stressful day (completely unrelated to the new administration).
Jan 25th - 22:41pm | Alfred Runte
Tomp2, I have a salient fact--Ryan Zinke, who in Congress openly expressed his love for the national parks. Now, tell me what fact you have? None that I can see, except your assertion that I am the one being "disingenuous."
Jan 25th - 22:23pm | Lee Dalton
I've read only part of Thunderbear 302 --- only as far as the beginning of the Safety Message. But I'll finish it before bedtime. P.J. Ryan is a genius. His writings should be spread as far and wide as possible.
Jan 25th - 22:04pm | Bill Hardy
I suggest they just invert the Emblem - maybe reverse the lettering - and post it like the American Flag as a "distress" signal...
Jan 25th - 21:52pm | tomp2
1: I'm partial to BadHombreLandsNPS @BadHombreNPS mostly for the name.
Jan 25th - 21:47pm | Lee Dalton
Tahoma is right. There are ways of quietly resisting without getting fired. We do, however, need people with courage to stand up to Drumpf. Just be careful that you don't sacrifice your career and your family's security. We will need you to begin leading the parks again in four years.
Jan 25th - 21:09pm | Alfred Runte
Say again, Rick? Don't tell you what to fear or trust? Well, you're telling the rest of us to fear and mistrust our president. How about taking your own advice?
Jan 25th - 20:55pm | tahoma
Thanks, Sara! How about just flipping it upside down, like the flag, as a symbol of distress?A couple of previously crucified NPS employees, Rob Danno and Teresa Chambers, offer excellent advice for those brave souls behind this resistance:
Jan 25th - 20:45pm | Sara
"In accordance with 36 CFR Part 11, no entity outside the Service may use the Arrowhead without approval from the Director or the Director's delegated representative." https://www.nps.gov/policy/DOrders/DO-52D--45-day.pdf
Jan 25th - 18:33pm | Rick B.
Al - at this point, after the past few months, you no longer have the professorial authority or altitude you left behind in the late 80's in academia. You are just, denials aside, another enabler and apologist for Trump. You don't know my life; don't tell me what or not to fear or trust.
Jan 25th - 18:04pm | Alfred Runte
Really, you good people are starting to sound ridiculous. Life is more than a protest march. In World War II, the "resistance" meant people who died for their beliefs. I hardly think President Trump is asking any of you to die for yours. But yes, it's hard to forget all of that marching, now to equate Donald Trump with the college president. Call to arms!
Jan 25th - 17:59pm | Pedergraham
hurrah! I have resisted responding to any comments on any threads on this site because of ecbuck. But, now I just donr care if he picks on me. And, I also want to say that I am a big fan of Lee Dalton. I admire all of the articles he has written for this publication. Let the tr and freedoms ring.
Jan 25th - 17:53pm | ecbuck
Sorry, but its not the "official NPS" account. Which is the point. They are using the official NPS logo and are not the "official NPS" account. They can tweet anything they want, but I am not going to condone their misappropriation of the logo.
Jan 25th - 17:49pm | Gary Wilson
Sorry, but its not the "official NPS" account. So, whatever floats your boat. I'm not cheering this either, but if they start posting facts and scientific related information related to parks, then maybe i'll listen. I'm willing to give anything a listen if it is going to inspire and make me think about subjects in a new manner..
Jan 25th - 17:46pm | ecbuck
Who said anything about being scared?I just noted the theft of federal property which you seem to condone. You would likely be the first to complain and screem for the shutting down of the account if somebody used the logo to distribute information about the manufacturing of temperature data or the plethora of failed AGW predictions (the real science).
Jan 25th - 17:45pm | Rick B.
His and Putin's idol/puppet in the WH can't resist a negative tweet or song or comment without an emotional overeactio.
Jan 25th - 17:37pm | ecbuck
Who said anything about being scared? What is pathetic is that you would cheer on the theft of government property. I'm sure you would be the first to complain and call for the shut down of the account if someone was using the logo to expose the manufacturing of the numbers and the plethora of inaccurate AGW predictions.
Jan 25th - 17:21pm | ecbuck
It is a PRIVATE endeavor. Is that not the NPS logo they are using? Do they have rights to that?
Jan 25th - 16:49pm | SW Rick
Bravo! Must resist the Borg!
Jan 25th - 16:29pm | Cheryl Hopster
Thank you for believing in us to believe in you...
Jan 26th - 10:05am | Kurt Repanshek
Actually, beach, it's a travesty that Congress fails to properly fund the park system, and largely has ignored the maintenance backlog.http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2017/01/gao-national-park-service-n...
Jan 26th - 10:04am | ecbuck
When you get the notice there is no seasonal hiring, let us know. Until then, it would appear to be much ado about nothing. If your are worried, get another job.
Jan 26th - 10:01am | beachdumb
National Parks are crumbling from over use and lack of funding and lack of staffing for years...now this. It's a travesty that the last administration didn't use its pen and phone to fix any of this.
Jan 26th - 09:49am | RJ
"Much ado about nothing" is easy to say, unless you are one of the employee's expecting to return to work soon.
Jan 25th - 20:40pm | Rick B.
Now is the time that seasonal hiring has begun. The process in a normal year is lengthy and cumbersome. NPS HR is not all that functional on a good day recently. Days lost now will impact negatively on visitors' park experience this summer.
Jan 25th - 20:01pm | ecbuck
K - in the last "freeze" seasonal hires at traditional levels were allowed. I suspect the same will happen here. Much ado about nothing.
Jan 25th - 19:39pm | K Light
This will really hurt the Smokies. It is the most visited park in the country and there is no admission fee. Seasonal rangers are a big help, especially in the summer time.
Jan 26th - 09:35am | Don Howie
"Privatization of a national park" So how does that happen? Why is it allowed to happen?Why this company?
Jan 26th - 09:31am | Linda Allen
Sorry no. I used to work at a Yellowstone campground and you had to be a US citizen.
Jan 26th - 06:05am | Jean smith
Will I be able to purchase Senior pass for $10 at Roger William Park in February?
Jan 25th - 16:16pm | Mike Jones
how can I buy a pass?
Jan 26th - 09:13am | Really?
Jan 26th - 08:41am | [email protected]
Sad to see our beautifu rocks crumble.
Newfound Gap Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park Being Considered For National Scenic Byway Designation
Jan 26th - 07:02am | Ron
Completely false.. try checking FACTS before you post. This has absolutely nothing to do with an entrance fee.
Jan 26th - 05:54am | Rebecca
The article said they want the designation so they can apply for other grants-money sorely needed since the park's charter excludes a fee.
Jan 26th - 05:12am | Dakota
Amen, I agree There is a serious need for more revenue for the Smokies .
Jan 26th - 05:08am | Dakota
The stipulation from the Tennessee Legislature back in the 1930s when giving the land they had bought was that there would never be a toll on the Newfound Gap Rd. That didn't cover other parts of the park. There was never any agreement that there would never be any charge for other locations.
Jan 26th - 05:01am | Dakota
I don't know how the Superintendent or anyone could be blamed for the fire. If you live here then you know we had an historic drought and multiple fires all over Western NC, East Tn and North Ga. At least two of those fires burned for weeks and consumed over 25,000 acres. Who should be fired for those ?
Jan 26th - 00:32am | Jon Albright
The NPS continues to show incompetence. When will this agency own up to their shortcomings? The majority of those in leadership roles don't possess attributes remotely close to being true leaders. Far too many career employees within the NPS are just consuming monetary, capital, and a myriad of resources.
Jan 25th - 21:38pm | M.E.
Do you have any idea how important tourism including foreign tourism is to the economy of the National Parks?
Jan 25th - 18:38pm | Kurt Repanshek
OK, folks, getting close to that time when the moderator institutes that "three comment" limit on individual posts....you know who you are.
Jan 25th - 18:36pm | Rick B.
I've taught myself well, however unlike you there were classes on compassion, humanity, and ethics. Go away. If my son offers me a gook of manga, of which I have no interest at all, I'm more likely to read it than anything you mention.
Jan 25th - 18:26pm | ecbuck
to presume to teach me. I would rather you made the effort and taught yourself. I will give you a hint. Check out Federalist Paper 45.
Jan 25th - 18:24pm | ecbuck
Luke - perhaps you haven't read all the comments, let me summarize. Yes, the country is different than it was in the 1700s. But the basic principles of limited federal government and personal liberty are just as valid today as they were then. Do we have too many employees? Maybe not for the work we have granted the federal government.