$80 “America the Beautiful” Pass a mistake

UPDATE: I was surprised to see GetOutdoors approve of the new pass, pleased with the simplification of pricing.

I disagree.

Even the name reminds me of “Enduring Freedom” — an over-the-top Bush-linked euphemism destined to be the sad punch line of a joke one day.

If you are following the storm of controversy over the US National Park pass price increase from $50 to $80 / year, this is the best, most focused piece I’ve seen yet.

It’s written by Scott Silver, commenting on an article in the current edition of High Country News.

Numbers of visitors to Parks is in decline. Why increase the price now?

I’m with you Scott.

Wild Wilderness – Time for truth about park visitation – Scott Silver

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(via GOAT)

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