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Surely there are some rivers in MO that could be accessed at two points by State Parks. I don't know the state as well as you natives, but what about the Eleven Point or any of these others that folks talk about... or are there any State Parks mixed in among the National ones on the Current? State facilities are unaffected, right?
And we don't really need water or facilities of any sort for a river trip - only a place to park. Though they're kinda' handy for a larger group, we don't really need any of their "services". We can river trip; Its what many of us usually do anyhow. We can pack out what we take in (don't need no stinkin' dumpsters) and we can fill water jugs (don't need no stinkin' pumps)in Salem. Bears sit in the woods and they don't even pay taxes. How often have we ever seen anyone from the Park Service when we're at Pulltite in the late season anyhow?
I don't see exactly what the charge could be for being on the river itself or camping the banks. I don't see how anyone could justify charging American taxpayers for being on an American river specifically paid for and set aside for that very purpose. I especially can't see how anyone could justify paying law enforcement salaries (and health insurance BTW) to deny access to a river while saying they can't afford lesser salaries to allow people on it. How much do they think it costs them to make a river run downhill anyhow? (I's gotta' be "a bargain" compared to anything else taxpayer money is spent on - even compared to those "cannonball" parks out East.)
And if there is a charge, whatever that charge might be, I'd be proud to be charged with it. Attempting to deny Americans access to America is grounds for civil disobedience if ever there was.
Actually, you guys would be the finest cellmates a guy could hope for.
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