Up Sucker Creek

Up Sucker Creek
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Thursday, October 10, 2013

NPS Holds Tourists Hostage - Along the Gradyent

Along the Graydent is a favorite blog of ours.  Based in Bozeman, Montana, Grady Foster writes about politics, economics and whatever inspires him.  There is always something interesting and enjoyable to read - I encourage you to try it.

"Obama's NPS Holds Tourists Hostage" from 10/8 is a sad commentary on how park rangers are closing off the public parks and access roads we paid for.  

What I can't figure out is, why hasn't there been resistance by the American people?  Masses of cars stopping on the highway to see Mt. Rushmore when they close off the viewpoints.  Convoys of locals and tourists leaving Cooke City.  What would our Founding Fathers say if they were alive today?   Is this what they fought for?  

Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages.   -- General George Washington

BTW - if you have never been on the Cooke City Highway, put it on your bucket list!  My mother, Alice, grew up on a homestead in Yellowstone County, and no matter how many places she visited in the world, this road remained her favorite.


  1. Barrycades be damned in DC.


  2. You know, Dianne, I have enjoyed hearing your comments at Council meetings and was glad to see that you had started this blog to help inform and, hopefully, help address all the problems wrought by the previous three Unicorn Utopian, corrupt, liberal City administrations. As a proud reality-based liberal, I agree with many of your concerns, supported the election of our new fiscally responsible majority Council, and think I have made that perfectly clear over the past few years in many Citizen's Views, Letters to the Editor, and comments in both the Review and the Oregonian web sites.

    I had hoped your new blog would provide factual and non-partisan information, as well as local opinions based on facts and credible experience, about ways to get our town back on track by addressing the steps and strategies necessary to stop unwarranted and unwanted Metro intrusion into local affairs, as well as ways to effectively stop "new urbanism" nonsense. Unfortunately, it appears that you have decided to include silly, idiotic, non-factual, partisan posts on your blog, complete with posts praising and promoting the blatant lies and sheer lunacy of the Republican Tea Party.

    Sorry to see that you've chosen to go this route. Honestly, anyone who thinks that President Obama is responsible for this government shutdown is just delusional beyond help, and I think posting outright lies and other crap like this not only hurts your credibility, but the credibility of every member of our newly elected majority and diminishes the likelihood that we can maintain the majority after November 2014.

    My suggestions? For starters, stop relying on Fox for your "information" and "news." Secondly, although this blog is your creation and you can certainly do with it as you like, not sure what positive impact you think your blog will have on our community if you use it as just another dishonest Tea Party bubble used to validate your preconceived, false notions about all "libruls" and "Nobama." Seriously, Dianne, what's next? Posts about how President Obama was born in Kenya and is a secret Muslim?

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  4. Oops! I removed my own comment by mistake. This is still a learning process for me.

    Mona - you make a very important point about not being partisan, and I have removed my comments that have nothing to do with the objective of my post.

    The posts about what is happening in Washington DC have a parallel to Lake Oswego - that citizens must do what they think is moral and ethical in spite of what their government is telling them they must do. This is, after all, how our country was formed. If we don't like what we see happening, we have a responsibility to do something about it.

    I hear political leaders say that their hands are tied because Metro or the State is telling them what they can do. I am concerned that too many people feel that things are hopeless and they feel powerless to affect change. I do not feel hopeless. I started this blog to get information out about what is going on with land use in LO and to give people hope and a means to create LO as we want it to be, not as we are told it has to be.

    I do think that humor has a place in keeping serious subjects from getting too depressing, and I'd like to have some fun along the way. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and I have invited comments so we can discuss topics and learn from one another. I do ask that personal attacks be avoided and that we stick to issues only. Per your objection to the political stuff - message received.