A tax on the public...
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Concerning the park fee increases, I would like to add a couple of thoughts. I am a retired intercity bus driver and had 35 years of driving tours into our national parks starting in 1963 and retiring in 1998. With my last tour, being a curious person, I learned a thing or two about our park histories, geography, geology and politics.

On many occasions while talking with park personnel, discussions revolved around where the fees went. As I remember, monies (fees) went into the general fund of the United States and not directly to the park in question. The park service then had to go back yearly, hat in hand, begging for a budget from a generally stingy Congress. This makes a park fee just another tax on the general public, and does not benefit the park directly as a user fee.

Is this still the case? If so, the public needs to know this before any increases take place. Just wondering.

—Anton Oscar Olson

Salt Lake City

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