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  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    I think the term "fondly" is a bit of a stretch for the legacy Georgie Jr. will leave behind. Terms more akin to "with amusement", or maybe "with bewilderment" or "misguided" come to mind, particularly given the debacle that is the middle eastern "war". "Fondly" seems to be the current sentiments pertaining to Alan Greenspan, who "coincidentally" jumped ship at the most opportune moment. Ever consider what HE knew that was kept secret from the American public specific to our economic status?

    The current approval rating of Congress must appear as golden to any resident of the State of Illinois who are saddled with a limp weenie of a governor with a single-digit approval rating. Now THAT'S a true accomplishment for ANY democrat in a state that has been a democratic stronghold for about a century! Well done, Rod!!!

    Getting back to the title of the thread, please note that the operative word here is HINTS.........more politispeak from your "friends" on The Hill. No substance, just jargon. Nothing that they can be held accoutable for in any way, shape or form. How typical. How sad. "Obama for Change"? I believe not. But only time will bear witness and unveil his legacy. I, for one, refuse to get my hopes up for any manner of true "change", except in the rhetoric he chooses to utter.

  • New Solar Power System Puts This Park in the Forefront of Alternative Energy Use   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Some pundits around the country have questioned the economics of "green" energy

    And it's a shame and a sham that many of them have personal and corporate financial concerns as motivation for their positions. The propaganda that is largely distributed through the efforts of the empowered electrical utility and mining companies is constantly belittling supplemental alternative energy sources such as the one demonstrated above for more reasons than can be succinctly posted. But there exist large scale (relatively) developments of solar and geothermal energy sources being constructed across the nation as we speak. Entire subdivisions have been erected totally without connecting to the existing power grid, and by the way, some also possess the capability to manage totally independent waste water treatment and recycling facilities, and one even has an on-site recycling center. Roadways made of recycled tires and glass fragments as opposed to the petroleum-based nightmare that withers during the northern latitudes annual rite commonly known as the freeze / thaw cycle. While the current economics are not able to be compared to the "cheap and stinky" system of coal-fired generators, most certainly not on the national scale to be sure, when does anyone propose would be a more opportune moment to explore these widely available energy sources? After the coal and oil reserves are depleted? You think these alternative sources aren't economical now, what would be the result of waiting until the 11th hour to develop them? What happens to the pricing structure when you only have one choice left? Let's all stop being led through life with blinders on like the good little ignorant American consumer and start demanding modifications to the system BEFORE we're forced to enact those changes by foreign energy suppliers. Wouldn't it be nice to regain control of our own destiny, or is that too broad a concept to grasp? It's certainly not beyond our capability as an allegedly technologically superior and innovative, solution-based nation, unless we stay the course and permit business as usual to be the driving force behind our national energy policy. Maybe we need a new utility management team who, unlike Enron, actually has a clue how to maintain and develop a grid system on the local, regional and national levels, and who isn't crappin' in their pants about the "competition", and who can utilize current technologies along with the old pollution-riddled system in place currently. On the other hand, there's no maybe about it........we DEFINATELY need a new power management team. We as a nation DESERVE better than we're being given, but we'll have to band together and force this change if we really want it to become reality. And there is actually no more opportune moment than currently exists.

  • National Park Quiz 16: Waterfalls   5 years 41 weeks ago

    "you need to enroll in America’s National Parks" :) this is what i got

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    How about the Democrat congress' 17% approval rating? Besides, if it were not for the liberal media feeding people like you misinformation, he would probably be at 60%. All it's been outa them for 8 years is HATE, HATE, HATE.
    And I really don't care what the rest of the world thinks of us...I've been to 19 different countries and NONE of them are worth living in compared to the USA...and they know it.
    History will look at President GW Bush fondly...especially as the continued threat of Islamofascism plays out...he was the first president with the cajones to take the fight to them since the Shores of Tripoli. Under Obama, they will reload and regroup for a much, much more deadly attack on our homeland.

  • Colonial America and the Other San Juan Capistrano   5 years 41 weeks ago

    It's strange how the Southwest is ignored in high school history courses recounting the settling of what we now call North America. If the Pilgrims had landed at Santa Fe, they could have gone to church.

    Rick Smith

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Well Roger, with Bush's recent approval ratings at a lowly 28%, the worst in American Presidential history, I guess I must be on something that justifies my discontent with the man. What's your excuse for his foul-up administration? I believe there's plenty of us that feel strongly as I do about the pathetic performance of this and now former President to be. Roger, I don't hate the man but I deeply despise what he's done to this country (his hate & divide syndrome) and to are world wide prestige. Tell me differently!

  • Colonial America and the Other San Juan Capistrano   5 years 41 weeks ago

    The modern history of this urban park and the current church / state relationships, as well as conflicts between local groups who claim the missions on religious, ethnic, and historical grounds, are as interesting as their colonial past. You can learn more about it in my 2004 book, Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio (University of North Carolina Press).

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Anon,
    You need to see a good psychiatrist to cure your obviously serious case of BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome).

  • Glory, Shame, and Remembrance at Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site   5 years 41 weeks ago

    I have let it go, I just want to see this piece of history protected.

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Kurt, the above comment is not mine. FYI

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Geez, Anon, do you have anything to say other than recite talking points?

    Try researching issues for yourself and come back with an educated opinion.

  • Glory, Shame, and Remembrance at Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site   5 years 41 weeks ago

    I agree...get over it for crissakes. Everybody is a "victim" these days. And they use that status to feed at the public trough.

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Kurt: God forbid such a terrible misdeed to be enacted upon this scared land that offers so much to the world in natural beauty and recreation. This pathetic insensitivity by the Bush administration is just another example of the callus behavior that reflects more rape, pillage and greed. This is Bush's last stance of in your face politics to scorch earth the environment before leaving office. Yap, trash the White House files, burn the bridges and pollute the environment before leaving to his Texas peacock ranch. Bush your legacy as President will be written in heavy scorn for many many years to come.

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    That's O.K., we'll not need jobs cause Uncle Obama will be spreadin' the wealth!

  • Zion National Park Officials To Examine Needs of Canyon Shuttle System   5 years 41 weeks ago

    I live just an hour away from Zion and visit the Park many times a year. Each year I look forward to the shuttles closing so I can drive anywhere in the park, stop and get out my camera. I can come for a few hours or the whole day. But that works because there are few cars in the park from late October through March. While I miss being able to use my car in the summer I'd get much more frustrated trying to find a parking space than I get having to use the shuttle. So shuttle on!

  • Glory, Shame, and Remembrance at Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Let it go!
    It was 150 years ago!

  • Glory, Shame, and Remembrance at Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site   5 years 41 weeks ago

    What about the German-American that were internment? Why hasn't my family seen reparations?

  • Zion National Park Officials To Examine Needs of Canyon Shuttle System   5 years 41 weeks ago

    When we visited relatives in Las Vegas about a year ago, we went up to Zion for a day trip. I was somewhat leery of the shuttles, wondering if they would be on time and come by frequently.

    After experiencing it, I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't imagine what Zion would be like if everyone was driving their own cars. With the shuttle you don't have to worry about driving or parking. Even if you don't have a lot of time for hiking, with the shuttle you can just hop on for the ride up and back while you sit back and enjoy the scenery.

  • President-Elect Obama's Team Hints At Reversing BLM Leasing Decisions in Utah   5 years 41 weeks ago

    I'm not sure what can be done before the new administration takes office. After that time, the DOI can be instructed to attach additional environmental requirements to outstanding leases, and I think that will be the best defense against this assault on some of America's most treasured public lands.

    On another note, BLM's Utah State Director Selma Sierra has 2.5 months worth of mischief left, hopefully the damage she does can be undone once President Obama takes office and she can be "reassigned".

  • Election 2008: Fearless Forecasts, Foregone Conclusions, and Prescient Prognostications   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Maybe with the new administration Delaware will finally get a unit in the National Park System.

  • Election 2008: Fearless Forecasts, Foregone Conclusions, and Prescient Prognostications   5 years 41 weeks ago

    G. Pinson: Well said!

    I would go one step further and say that only those with "national park" status should be administered by the NPS. The other designations should be managed by different agencies or organizations.

  • Election 2008: Fearless Forecasts, Foregone Conclusions, and Prescient Prognostications   5 years 41 weeks ago

    " It is a major understatement to say that I don’t trust Ms. Pelosi, who is a whole hell of a lot further to the left of center than the American public..."

    You've just earned my undying respect with that gutsy statement, Bob. I had you all wrong. You're willing to take on politicians from both sides of the aisle. I was about to take your site off my home page, but instead I'll make it mandatory morning reading (even if I disagree occassionally and flame you in a comment).

    I'm sure Ms Pelosi has her good points, but she is extremally devisive and provides one of the greatest challenges to President elect Obama's stated goal of bringing our country together.

    I live near (and recreate in) the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and don't believe it warrants National Park status, although it should be protected as it currently exists. Being located in the San Francisco Bay area, a stronghold of environmentalism, I feel it's safety is ensured. For those who have never visited GGNRA, it is really a collection of small pieces within an urban environment. Some of the parts are extremely beautiful and others are merely isolated pockets of old military buildings. I would guess that is the reasoning for the plural designation of Parks.

    Maybe I'm being silly, but giving a few acres of old warehouses (Ft. Cronkite etc) the same status as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and the Grand Canyon, doesn't set right by me. Even that elegant old fort, the Presidio, doesn't warrant that honor. National Park status should be reserved for truly awe inspiring gradear. Anything less should be a monument, wilderness area or recreation area.

  • Fort Davis National Historic Site, Home of the Buffalo Soldiers   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Nice piece Claire,

    I'm inspired to see the place!

    The Buffalo Soldiers also played important and almost forgotten role in the histories of Yosemite and Sequoia NPs. Interpreter Shelton Johnson has done some fantastic work researching and telling their story.

    http://www.nps.gov/archive/yose/nature/articles/buffs.htm

    I love this passage from one of Johnson's articles:

    "One day I wandered into Yosemite’s Research Library and was talking to the librarian when I noticed an old photograph. I took a closer look at the picture and read the caption. It was a photograph of the 24th Mounted Infantry taken somewhere in Yosemite in 1899. The 24th, along with the 25th Infantry and the 9th and 10th Cavalry, were African-American Army regiments that during the Indian War period became known as Buffalo Soldiers. In 1903, four troops of the 9th Cavalry became among the first “rangers” assigned to protect Yosemite and Sequoia & General Grant (Kings Canyon) National Parks. For me, as an African-American park ranger, seeing this photograph was like stumbling into my own family while traveling in a foreign country."

  • Lame Duck Bush Administration Hastens to Weaken Environmental Protection Laws   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Thanks for the begrudging recognition that Congressman Grijalva (upon whose statements your article was based) misrepresented the Yellowstone bison management issue. Your thesis seems to be that Grijalva made many accusations, so what difference does it make if one is falacious? We have all the others to mindlessly believe! My view is why should I trust anything a proven liar says, until it's proven to be true. I only pointed out one of Grijalva's faulty claims ("Buffalo" Bush, the Bison exterminator), but we can go on to others, if you like, thus diminishing the believability of the "overwhelming body" of Grijalva statements. That wouldn't be necessary if you'd document "the overwhelming body of evidence" that you claim "supports the conclusion..." you'd like us to believe. And instead of interpreting said evidence, from one viewpoint, why not get an opinion from the Bush administration for their motivation in their alleged action (assuming they took such action). If they can't come up with a valid reason for their acts, we, the Traveler readers, are smart enough to catch them in their prevarifications.

    I really don't see myself as an apologist for the Bush administration, nor the Clinton administration, nor the upcoming Obama admistration. However, when people from either political extreme, or extreme of one issue, disseminate false and inflamatory information it fuels a bitter polarization that is counterproductive to achieving goals supported by the overwhelming body of the American public. Accusations aren't a body of evidence. We, the Traveler readers, want facts from unbiased sources, and we'd like both sides of the story.

  • Zion National Park Officials To Examine Needs of Canyon Shuttle System   5 years 41 weeks ago

    The shuttle system is NOT good if you have a baby, which is really the only downfall of the shuttle system I've found. When my first was as old as 2 and a half, it was ok because a toddler requires a lot less baggage compared to a baby. Well... we have another baby -she is just a month old- and we scratched Zion off of our travel plans for next summer because of the shuttle. With the baby, the hiking stroller, the mammoth diaper bag, the backpacks for us, the water bottles... there is simply way too much stuff to juggle and try to squeeze on and off of a crowded shuttle. A pack mule would be much more efficent when traveling with a baby than the shuttle bus.

    We were at Zion 2 years ago and we found that when traveling with kids, going during the early morning hours or in the evening was the only way to go. The main problem, for those of you with families who want to go visit Zion, is that the shuttles fill up to capacity during the afternoon. We found that if we got off the shuttle for any reason, we would be waiting for a long time -as much as 7 different shuttle buses to pass- before we found a shuttle bus that had room for us to get back on. Kids get down right hostile after the 3rd or 4th bus passes and they still aren't able to get on it, especially if they've run out of water. However, early in the morning (which is the best time in the summer to experience the park anyway without the super heat) the buses aren't nearly as crowded, and after 4 they tend to lighten up too, based on our experience.

    I completely understand why Zion went to shuttles, and I completely support the concept. Once our newest family member learns how to walk, we'll go back. It's spectacular!