To Sec. Ryan Zinke:
This proposal to substantially raise the national park entrance fees for the general public is offensive to the citizenry and a further descent down a slippery slope. I understand that the parks are woefully underfunded and this attempt to place that fiscal burden on the backs of the average citizen is by design from the current political leadership that you endorse.
The NPS is being starved to death by design, and complying with these new policies is an acceptance of that intended starvation by a cabal of politicians who do not know, love or appreciate the parks. To frame the issue as the public not paying a "fair price" for enjoying the parks is the manifestation of a diseased, capitalist mindset.
There is a movement afoot to privatize (corporatize) federal lands for the purpose of extracting more money and resources from these yet-to-be ravaged places, all to benefit private, for-profit, corporate interests whose greed knows no bounds.
The military received a $52 billion increase in the current federal budget that they didn't even ask for. The NPS has been handed a 13% cut in funding. And you are proposing that I pay double to go walk on a trail? How about having the Wall Street banks pay all entrance fees that might accrue in the next 100 years as restitution for the TARP bailout?
We, the disenfranchised citizens of this country, deserve better. Fund the NPS, quit fleecing us, and get out of bed with the corporate marauders.