Government Shutdown Affects National Parks

Posted on October 31, 2013 by


The government shutdown affected many aspects of people’s lives. The most significant impact of the shutdown was the closing of national parks and monuments. Most of the people affected by this problem were travelers.

In total, 401 national parks were closed, in addition national zoos. Among the places that were closed were all the monuments in Washington, D.C., according to The Washington Post.

According to Robert Richardson, who runs a recreational gear review site in Las Vegas, this is the worst time for the shutdown to happen for western states in the U.S.

“Because temperatures here in the desert are starting to cool down, this time of year is incredibly important to us,” Richardson said in The Washington Post.

Also, according to The Washington Post, anyone who tries to enter any national park is faced with a five thousand dollar fine and up to six months in jail.

“I don’t believe the Senate should be paid,” senior Tessa Swider said.  “They’re all acting like spoiled children and really need to make a compromise soon. Their job is to work together for the betterment of the country, not shut everything down when they don’t get their way. As for the monuments and parks, I believe they should be open. Those who work there are currently out of a job and probably struggling, which is completely unfair.”

During the government shutdown, Fleetwood ninth graders took a field trip to Gettysburg on Friday, 11 October 2013.

“It wasn’t affected that much,” history teacher Edward Carr said.  “The rain limited what they could do to begin with. The museum is independently operated, and the tour comes out of the museum and is guided independently. Students could see a lot from the buses. But, it was raining when the tour was taking place. The rain was a bigger factor than the shutdown.”

“If [Congress] can sit on their [behinds] and get paid, I would like to do the same,” senior Ian Grafe said.  “Why don’t we get paid for coming to school?”

According to NY Daily News online, the Obama administration allowed some parks to reopen on 17 October, as long as the state paid for it.

According to statistics on Daily News, seven hundred thousand travelers per day visit these parks.  Due to the shutdown, these parks lost about seventy-six million dollars each day.

“People shouldn’t get paid for doing nothing and not compromising,” senior Rachel Looker said.

Utah and Colorado decided to open up their national parks. On 13 October, the Statue of Liberty was to open again, and Mount Rushmore reopened on Monday, according to NY Daily News.

“We’re in so much debt, yet we shutdown monuments that bring in money? And why should the states have to pay for it?” Grafe said.

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