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    Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    The Pisgah Inn, a private hotel that holds a concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway, has become a national sensation as it defies “intimidation” and a National Park Service order to close its doors.After a tumultuous few days, inn owner Bruce O’Connell told The Washington Times on Friday morning that he had just reopened his doors for customers, despite the park service telling him he had to shut down. He says he’s essentially private property, on a road that’s still open, and uses no government personnel, so he sees no reason to quit operating.
    “I’m questioning their authority to shut me,” Mr. O’Connell said.
    The National Park Service is involved in several high-profile battles during the shutdown, including having barricaded open-air monuments and memorials in Washington. Veterans busted through barricades at the National World War II Memorial earlier this week, gaining national attention.
    But the Park Service closures extend throughout the country, shuttering parks — and many of the private businesses that run concessions in them, such as City Tavern in Philadelphia, and Nauset Knoll Motor Lodge on Cape Cod.
    Pisgah Inn, which Mr. O’Connell described as one of the last mom-and-pop places along the Blue Ridge, is just southwest of Asheville, N.C. And while most national parks are closed, the Park Service has deemed the Blue Ridge Parkway a thoroughfare and has left it open.
    Mr. O’Connell said since the road is open, and he uses no federal personnel — even his fire and police services would come from town — he isn’t drawing on federal resources and sees no reason he should have to shut down.
    Michael Litterst, the Park Service’s chief spokesman, said they have no choice but to shut down concessions.


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    This is getting disgusting...intimidating private business owners to close because Obama, and Reid throw a temper tantrum? I say we the people start to get pissed off at this tin horn.
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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is getting disgusting...intimidating private business owners to close because Obama, and Reid throw a temper tantrum? I say we the people start to get pissed off at this tin horn.
    I agree.

    These antics by the president show him to be a shameless, vindictive, petty, nasty little man.

    And ... ... a lazy incompetent to boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwinWillers View Post
    I agree.

    These antics by the president show him to be a shameless, vindictive, petty, nasty little man.

    And ... ... a lazy incompetent to boot.
    Oh absolutely, I love how these things reveal who progressive demo's really are. People want the government to sit down, and talk to each other to get to a solution. All this name calling, all of this intentional inflicting of pain on citizens by picking and choosing what they shut down, and now going to private business adjacent to the park, and telling them to close? No, the people won't stand for this type of crap for long.
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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Oh absolutely, I love how these things reveal who progressive demo's really are. People want the government to sit down, and talk to each other to get to a solution. All this name calling, all of this intentional inflicting of pain on citizens by picking and choosing what they shut down, and now going to private business adjacent to the park, and telling them to close? No, the people won't stand for this type of crap for long.
    I dearly hope you're right. I just don't know anymore though... At the same time, I still hold out hope for the soul of this nation, that there indeed are sufficient numbers of honest, reasonable people who "get it."
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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is getting disgusting...intimidating private business owners to close because Obama, and Reid throw a temper tantrum? I say we the people start to get pissed off at this tin horn.
    The same thugs intimidating this business run the NSA/IRS/EPA and now they want total control over your HC

    People need to wake up before it's too late

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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Bronson View Post
    The same thugs intimidating this business run the NSA/IRS/EPA and now they want total control over your HC

    People need to wake up before it's too late
    That's exactly right - and anyone who believes it's about "caring" for us is a fool - a word I don't use lightly.
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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    ... O’Connell runs the business but the government owns the building. He leases it.
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    http://www.citizen-times.com/article...nment-shutdown

    the fellow is a fool
    he should read his lease agreement
    and if there is no provision for such closure (i would bet there is) he could sue for the feds violating the terms of the contract causing him loss of income and profits. he would then be able to make out like a bandit
    suspect he is a teabagger, wanting to impose his personal views in the media
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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    I applaud the owners, and the vets that crossed the barriers, and the fishermen I saw yesterday that crossed on 'federal park' land to fish anyway...
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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    I applaud the owners, and the vets that crossed the barriers, and the fishermen I saw yesterday that crossed on 'federal park' land to fish anyway...
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    Re: Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown

    This is the stuff that gonna start swaying public opinion. How silly it is that it takes more government personnel to "close" these types of places than it does to keep it open.

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