Letter to the Editor: Plans to protest Yosemite closure

At last word, Yosemite Valley was not threatened

I am outraged at what the Federal Government is doing. Closing our National Parks is absurd and is hurting

all of us here in the Eastern Sierra. Our businesses are hurting. The Eastern Sierra is a Tourist-Based economy
and by the feds closing the parks, the lively-hood of our friends, neighbors and families are in jeopardy.
WE need the funds that come into our communities through these parks:
Yosemite National Park
Devils’ Postpile National Monument
Death Valley National Monument
Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
I am proposing an OCCUPY YOSEMITE MOMENT on Friday, October 4, 2013.
Please join us.  We are all meeting at Tioga Mobile Mart on Hwy 120 @ 1:00 PM on Friday
then driving into the park to Tuolumne Meadows, parking our cars along the road and taking
our beach chairs into the meadow and having a “sit-down” in protest of what the federal
government is doing to us.
Tell the folks at the gate that you are going to Merced or Oakhurst or the Bay Area.
They cannot take away our access to our national parks which are on public lands.
They can’t use this as a bargaining chip. Isn’t that against the law?
Stacey Powells, Mammoth Lakes
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salblaster
salblaster
8 years ago

well what happened. did you get arrested, maced in the face, hauled off and put in a cage with the bad bears?

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

SW, Update? See it hit LA times etc,

Jasonspoon
Jasonspoon
8 years ago

Not True, CHINa is the single largest manufacturing economy in the world, and if you haven’t noticed there is major Economic Collapse that is about to Happen 🙂

Imports v Exports
Imports v Exports
8 years ago
Reply to  Jasonspoon

One of our favorite places to visit is San Francisco. The last several times we were there we noticed how many freighters loaded with goods were coming into the harbor on their way to Oakland v. the amount of ships leaving the bay. Just a rough estimate and non-empirical study:… Read more »

Tsinipla
Tsinipla
8 years ago

Good way to guesstimate is price of cargo containers here.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

It’s not the country or the people who have caused this decline — it’s big corporations who see that they can make more money using cheap overseas labor in countries that have no environmental laws to prevent them from just dumping their toxic waste anywhere they want. Every time you… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

“Then the rest of the country can get on with the job of building a 21st Century powerhouse.” I think you mean 21’st Century service economy that provides services for a few million millionaires. The largest industry in the U.S. is the service industry. The rest of the jobs have… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Not true. The US is still the single largest manufacturing economy in the world, and while you apparently have not noticed, production is onshoring again. This year production began in Detroit (of all places) on fully American made flat screen TVs. Apple is moving some PC production to the US… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

Those few small examples are about as telling as looking out your window to check the state of Global Warming. Only about 8% of Americans are employed in durable goods manufacturing. The vast majority of Americans are employed doing some form of service. The problem with my argument is the… Read more »

The problem with statistics
The problem with statistics
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

No offense Ken, but I’ve always viewed statistics as something anyone can manipulate to try a prove a point.

If statistics were entirely accurate – then sitting in the first two rows of a strip club causes baldness.

– Groucho Marx

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

That’s something I have no knowledge of but the image is indeed funny.

sugar magnolia
sugar magnolia
8 years ago

I hope people don’t do this. First of all, let’s wait and see if they actually harass people for stopping along the open road. If so, then let’s complain to the superintendent. IF we do a major sit in, this well publicized, it will be met with a force of… Read more »

JaneE
JaneE
8 years ago

Don’t forget that what the Republicans are fighting for is that people not be able to buy health insurance. From private insurers. And because the ACA had mandatory funding built into the original legislation, it isn’t even shut down with the rest of the government. Defunding it means that lower… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  JaneE

Temper tantrum is an understatement. Older whites in this country, particularly older white males feel like they are losing control and being marginalized. To a degree they are and that is a good thing. The nation is changing and they are not. This is their push back. It is not… Read more »

karen
karen
8 years ago

after having been to Yosemite national park 12 months ago we were looking forward to takibg iur girls there while staying in Mammoth mountain. absolutely appaled that the government can shut such a beautiful lovely natural public place. disgusting!!

Dingo
Dingo
8 years ago

Sorry Stacey I will be working both jobs that day and drinking beer and walking my dog afterwards.
“Have fun with your foozball.”

chris
chris
8 years ago

And just what, exactly, is this sit-in supposed to produce? Keep in mind that the Rangers at the Park entrance are not the ones who caused this mess, so don’t take it out on them. Lying to them is dishonest and makes their jobs harder. I think that anyone considering… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  chris

chris, One purpose of peaceful protest is to affect the publics thinking and build movement for social change. Sort of what congress is doing, exept Stacey is not doing it on my dime. Maybe she just wants to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances. I’m… Read more »

cindy
cindy
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

All you are doing is setting up an issue inside the park where our unpaid LE’s are put at risk with this, it is not helping..at all! Go to Sacramento, go to Congress sit in there…we protect our park, please don’t make it worse by trying to do this..

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  cindy

cindy, how does peaceably assembling put anyone at risk or “make it worse”? Why should Stacey go to Washington if she can make her point better here.

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

Once again, Jon Stewart gives a cogent exposition of a topic that eludes the rest of the cable news channels. The “March of Dumbs”/

http://www.hulu.com/watch/540169

Steve Jackson
Steve Jackson
8 years ago

You have too much time on your hands. You need to get a job and have some real worries!

Tony Cumia
Tony Cumia
8 years ago

I wonder how many of these folks can even name their reps let alone the branches of government. Dont forget that Harry Reid[do you know who he is?] refused to even talk to the other side….and hasnt in 5 yrs. They dont care about any of us. Term Limits is… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Tony Cumia

Nonsense! http://www.examiner.com/article/boehner-told-reid-to-go-f-himself-twice-heat-of-fiscal-cliff-debate January 2, 2013 If they ever make a television movie about the ‘fiscal cliff of 2012’, Republican Speaker John Boehner of Ohio may have the most dramatic line in the movie when he says to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada: “Go f— yourself!” Not once –… Read more »

Steve
Steve
8 years ago

“Death Valley National Monument” Death Valley has been a “National Park” sense 1994 with the passage of the “Desert Protection Act” it was changed then. Back when congress could get bills passed.

We The Prople
We The Prople
8 years ago

Tell it to Reid!!!!

Touche'
Touche'
8 years ago
Reply to  We The Prople

Tell it to Fox News and Limbaugh!!!

Different Strokes
Different Strokes
8 years ago
Reply to  Touche'

All waters and rivers of different lands and climes have their ultimate meeting point in the ocean. So, too the different viewpoints of society, the variety of different economic theories and attainment means to benefit mankind itself. There is no point in dissension-creating discussions on different ideologies. Nothing positive comes… Read more »

Reactionary Politics
Reactionary Politics
8 years ago

I don’t think this is a good time for reactionary politics. Gay people must be accepted for what they are. Women’s rights must be appreciated. There are many other ways to solving disputes rather than a rush to war. The country is a melting pot of races and creeds –… Read more »

Lyn
Lyn
8 years ago
Reply to  Touche'

Well, yeah, because Fox News DID order the shutdown…

Where some get their BS from
Where some get their BS from
8 years ago
Reply to  Lyn
Bemused
Bemused
8 years ago
Reply to  We The Prople

Perfect Tea Party moniker here…complete with the typo!

The fact that the TP House and Boehner are the 100% undeniable culprits in this shutdown, yet the likes/dislikes here lean in the opposite direction, speaks volumes about the level of ignorance in our society today.

Pathetic…

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Bemused

New polls show 72% of those questioned do not approve of shutting down the government over the Affordable Health Care Act. Good point about the TP and Boehner. They could quit gnawing on Obamacare and do their jobs – run the government. The AHCA is law and was found constitutional… Read more »

The way some see it
The way some see it
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Don’t tell that to Conservative King-Pin, Sean Hannity.
He loves the idea.

Bad politics
Bad politics
8 years ago

See “Where Some Get their BS from”

Bemused
Bemused
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Thanks Benett. I think this is, or at least should be, a particularly important teaching moment for the public, who need to understand understand the truth that it’s not that “the whole government that stinks” and that congressional ineffectiveness in recent years is almost entirely attributable to the Right side… Read more »

Watching it play out
Watching it play out
8 years ago
Reply to  Bemused

The GOP is scared —-less of the far-right (As they should be). The rabid Tea Party lunatics are completely polarizing their own party. This is what happens when ideology butts heads with common sense and common needs. We can all sit back and watch the GOP lose election after national… Read more »

johnjcampnfish
johnjcampnfish
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

It’s ok for Obama to make changes to the law and delay the employer mandate, but since it is the law and the Supreme Court has found it constitutional people should get over it and not try to delay the individual mandate or stop the tax increase on medical devices.… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

Tell it to Boehner.

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

Stacey, it is well within your First Amendment rights to have a peaceful assembly on public land, but the Feds will have their own interpretation of your actions. I highly suggest you talk to someone experienced in this type of gathering and do research first. Rainbow Gatherings have had much… Read more »

Monkey On Your Back
Monkey On Your Back
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

$1,000,000,000,000 to 6,000,000,000,000 USD Iraq/Afghanistan

Reality Check
Reality Check
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Go Stacey Go! I love the smell of Pepper Spray in the morning.

sara
sara
8 years ago
Reply to  Ken Warner

you stated that you “need” the tourists for the economy and that businesses are hurting…. don’t you see how your crippled by the government? What are you trying to solve with a sit-in of Yosemite? The occupy movement is about getting people together to start a new way of thinking,… Read more »