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  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    It really matters what form the information is in in terms of efficiency and being "green". The NPS sends me the information in the most ineffcient and ungreen way, so why should I agree to entrance fee increases when I know from experience that the NPS is not effcient?

  • Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response   1 week 2 days ago

    Not much of that going on here for the most part (getting past the bias). Guess we need a bomb to land amongst us to get in the problem solving mode (not being bias:).

  • Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response   1 week 2 days ago

    Ken - it's damn nice of you to say such nice things about Botkin, an old high school classmate and friend of yours, just like it was nice of him to acknowledge your help in editing his book right there along with his wife and all of his other colleagues. ["Moon in Nautilus Shell", pg ix]

    I mean, as far as listing all your admittedly nice career credentials, you might as well mention your bias as well.

  • For Some Park Visits, Getting There Is Definitely Part Of The Fun   1 week 2 days ago

    Lee - hope you get to make that trip! I've not done an overnight on the ferries; a peek at one of the cabins indicated they are pretty basic, but there's loads of good seating and moving around space in the public areas, and quite a few people just "camp out" on the deck.

    I won't try to plan your trip for you, and don't what you've already seen of Alaska. That said, based on my limited experience of just 3 trips "up there," if you can include a layover in Juneau, a day trip by boat to Tracy Arm, south of Juneau, is well worth considering. That fjord rivals Glacier Bay for incredible scenery, and Misty Fjords National Monument (another day trip by boat out of Ketchikan) is also outstanding. Might as well figure out a way to just spend the summer in Alaska and be done with it :-)

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    Whipperin, your local library should be able to convert them. If that doesn't work, then take it to a local copy center. You could probably get it done for 5.00 or less. They obviously gave you the information, so even if it's in paper form, it can be easily converted. I agree these should be in electric format, but that's not always feasible.. Regardless, you have the information, so whether it is in paper or digital form, it doesn't matter. It's still the same and the words will be the same.

  • Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out   1 week 2 days ago

    And we're back to the issue from the previous shutdown, which is objections by one side or the other to various provisions added onto what should be a straight-forward bill to fund government operations - nothing more.

    Once again, this spending bill has become a catchall to (1) get congress out of town on vacation as quickly as possible; (2) try to push through measures that likely would not pass as a stand alone bill, and (3) let congress avoid one of its basic responsibilities, which is to pass funding bills, after due consideration of the merits of budget requests, for each of the federal agencies before the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1.

  • Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out   1 week 2 days ago

    The more I've read about this "bill" the more disgusting it becomes.

    The entire thing should be tossed on the scrap pile.

    The NPS portion of it is only one tiny aspect of a much larger and extremely porridge of gifts for special interests -- not one of which would be able to achieve passage as a stand-alone. It includes such things as stripping even more consumer protections away from superBanks, taxpayer funded protections for banks gambling with depositors' funds, many environmental safeguards that have long been in place, a near tripling of the amount wealthy individuals may contribute to campaign treasuries of Congressional and other political candidates. It's simply disgraceful and any good that might be included is more than cancelled by the political potty contents.

    This is Congressional crookedness at its absolute worst.

    As for more and more regulations being imposed by government agencies, it would be nice if we could somehow find out many of them are direct results of this kind of "legislation by amendment and rider" that our Congresscreeps use so frequently to bypass the proper methods of passing legitimate legislation.

    But they've become so good a covering their tracks that it's almost impossible to do that. We voters need to find the courage and wisdom to flush the toilet that Congress has become and send ALL of the down the drain to be replaced with fresh water.

    Who was it who said, "Policitians are like diapers. They need to be changed frequently. And for the same reason."

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    Transparency and critical questions are the last thing that crooks in government want. We need to hold our government responsible and we need information to do just that. There is no good reason for the NPS to not make all its documents easily available to the American people. We the people are the masters of our government and we should have the same access to our documents as are servants have.

  • Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response   1 week 2 days ago

    To National Parks Traveler

    11 Dec 2014

    Re: Recent Prof. Dan Botkin piece on “Global Warming” & National Parks, the UCS rebuttal and the NPT staff submitted rebuttal.

    I am retired from two former careers: I served as a Captain in the US Navy, during which I had command of Naval Reserve Intelligence Units, in the New York area. Concurrently I worked as a Certified Management Consultant [CMC] for over 30 years. I have had a deep interest in the global warming controversy and I have followed the opposing arguments for years as the stridency has increased.

    I have great regard for our National Parks and I am one of those lay people referred to in the second rebuttal of December 4th as the intended audience. The writers say they want to serve “people who are not experts in global climate change but who want solid, verifiable and current wisdom…”

    I’ll begin with an observation about the UCS rebuttal and those few virtues they say they wish to uphold. In my opinion, their rebuttal to Dr. Botkin falls short of delivering those virtues: solid, verifiable, current wisdom. Best example, one that Botkin points out: None of the models so widely touted as the foundation for global warming forecasts have been validated by solid standards for computer modeling. Plus, the emerging empirical data are simply not tracking to corroborate claims about human caused warming.

    It seems to me Prof. Botkin presented clear, concise, and persuasive information. in making the case challenging claims that anthropogenic global warming [AGW] is the prime mover in what are called disastrous rates of warming. The Prof. could not go on at great length in this forum. Yet he is taken to task for providing thin support, among other criticisms. As I understand his reasoning in the NPT article and in his other books I have read, he acknowledges some human factor in warming causation, but disagrees with assertions about it being the dominant cause.

    Why is it so out of the question for the UCS and so many of like mind to give any credence to numerous serious recent studies showing that many disaster claims are ill-founded on many basic assertions? Prof. Botkin points out some of these in the UCS article: 1. Supposed Human Caused Rising Sea Levels as human caused. 2. The Frequency of Major Storms. 3. The Severity of Recent Storms. 4. Frequency of Extremely Hot Days. 5. Frequency of Wild Fires? These are so often cited as increasingly severe disasters of human causation. Botkin makes the case that these claims are not well supported and that public policy should not be driven by them while possibly solvable environmental issues go unaddressed.

    Why should we accept condescending claims from a wide circle of zealous believers who assail us with such pronouncements as: “The science is settled”; “97% of world scientists support these assertions”; The discredited “Balance of Nature” theory; and that all claims to the contrary must be vigorously rejected? These claims of consensus and worldwide agreement have been exposed as invalid, and antithetical to the rigors of proper scientific method. None of this consensus business can be respected as science. It should be seen as politics wrapped in pseudo science.

    I agree with Prof. Botkin in his sensible exhortation that we reject name calling and vitriol that deflect attention from practical efforts at solutions in the way that Olmstead did at Boston’s Back Bay Fens Park. This should be our model for present day policy.

    Let’s face it folks, there has been far too much cant and even clear evidence of fraud in these matters by entities in England, the US and elsewhere. The examples are so well known they need no further recitation here. We need to admire authoritative voices of reason and defend them from irresponsible rejection and charges of heresy. There are increasing numbers of voices of reason speaking out. I think Professor Dan Botkin comes across as one to listen to.

    In closing I must declare that this attempt at scholarly rebuttal does not burnish the UCS reputation. There is too much evidence here indicating they favor only the AGW point of view and refuse to fairly acknowledge any challenging findings. This does not enhance the dialogue.

    I do applaud the National Parks Traveler for making all this material available on the web on a topic that deserves widespread serious attention.

    Kenneth L.Purdy, Captain, USNR, Ret, CMC

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    folks who just want to wander and trample on the flowers.

    Of course, looking at electronic files would do no harm - accept maybe to the reputation of those that are supposed to be serving the American public.

  • Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out   1 week 2 days ago

    Sounds like GOP has a hand in the game, too,

    100% of the Dems (212) voted against the rule necessary to bring it to the floor for a vote. They were joined by a handful of Reps.

    But, you know what. I don't have a problem with them voting that way and I won't vilify them for it. Its exactly the same scenerio. Last time there were things the Republicans didn't want and so they wouldn't vote for it. This time there are things the Dems don't want.

    The real difference here is that when the Republicans used the same tactic, people like Rick screamed bloody murder. Now that the roles are reversed, it is all honky-dorry. Hypocritcal much?

    The reality is that neither party was fully responsible for the shutdown then and neither is fully to blame now.

  • Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out   1 week 2 days ago

    Kurt, just like last time it was only the GOP who wanted to shut it down and said so.

    But we've had that out with the True Believers before and they keep tryint to rewrite fairly recent history.

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    The same reason, Whimpering1, that I invite folks into my garden but tend to keep the gate locked against folks who just want to wander and trample on the flowers.

  • Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out   1 week 2 days ago

    Sounds like GOP has a hand in the game, too, EC. Frankly, they all should be booted.

  • Traveler's View: Senate Should Either Fund New Parks In Defense Bill, Or Strip Them Out   1 week 2 days ago

    Looks like the Dems are trying to shut down the government. I wonder if they will get villified in the manor the Reps did when they supposedly were responsible for the government shut down.

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    Smokies, I can vote with my feet by not going to a park and therefore not paying a fee. There's no delusion required. It's an entirely optional expense.

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    I would be happy to post all the documents if I had them in digital form. The NPS sent the documents to me in paper form and I don't have a way to post them. The NPS claims to be green and then rountinely uses snail mail and paper documents. They had my email address so why not just send me and email with the documents attached? Better yet why not give citizens access to the NPS electronic files?

  • For Some Park Visits, Getting There Is Definitely Part Of The Fun   1 week 2 days ago

    Lee

    That might be from Bellingham to Haines or Skagway. I'm not certain about a Bremerton ferry. The University of Wikipedia says that AML goes as far south as Bellingham, which is where we got on when we moved up here.

  • Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response   1 week 2 days ago

    Agreed on the IGNORE button. Spread the word.

  • Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response   1 week 2 days ago

    Stop feeding trolls and they just might go away.

    The IGNORE button really does make life a lot more peaceful on here and allows one to enjoy some very pertinent posts.

  • Five Unruly Motorists Agree To Pay $150,000 For Damages To Resources At Padre Island National Seashore   1 week 2 days ago

    This is absolutely DELIGHTFUL!

  • For Some Park Visits, Getting There Is Definitely Part Of The Fun   1 week 2 days ago

    That's appalling!

    I'm hoping to finally be able to book a trip this summer on the ferries from Bremerton to Haines with stops along the way.

    Eliminating them would be a first class tragedy.

    But money is SO much more important. . . .

  • Is Global Climate Change A Threat to National Parks? Another Response   1 week 2 days ago

    You are right Gary - its not a game. Pursuing the path of your AGW fantasy will have meaningful negative impacts on us Americans and be devastating to the third world.

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    Re the Valor of the Pacific - I was there yesterday. While getting tickets is an issue the Park itself looked to be extremely well run. The services were very efficient and I saw no signs of disrepair.

  • Concerns, Opposition Voiced To Proposed Entrance Fee Increases At National Parks   1 week 2 days ago

    Do you mind posting the documents? I'd prefer to read through them and form my own opinion.