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Old 09-27-2016, 09:24 PM   #15
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Curious, could explain that statement?
Which part the ageist, didn't want to be calling anyone Senior or golden! Honestly built a few houses this summer with groups of volunteers where the average group age was well over 65 and I had a GREAT time with them all! Lots of fun.
The real problem is the NPS is $14 billion behind in maintenance, I think that chopping the annual price to maybe $20 per year year for seniors, vs $10 for the rest of your life would be pretty reasonable. Plus no veteran discount? Anyway that's my thoughts chief. Go navy! I know I'm not PC! 15 years until I qualify for a senior pass.
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We recently qualified for the Senior Pass and I in no way feel guilty for taking advantage of one of the few benefits available to seniors. I am a military veteran and my wife and I have been gainfully employed all our lives. We've paid a lot of money in taxes over the years and neither of us has ever been arrested. (I suspect this applies to most seniors.)

I will add that I am appreciative of this benefit though.


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Old 10-02-2016, 07:09 AM   #17
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I am sure the Park Service would be happy to take donations from anyone that is against the well deserved discount passes. They usually have a donation box right on the counter for your convience.
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The federal interagency pass is called "America the Beautiful" now. There are several versions of the pass, including Senior and Permanently Disabled. My husband is a permanently disabled veteran (about to turn 50). He was able to get the pass for free. The benefits seniors and disabled will get from these passes varies depending on who is actually running the federal site. If it's being managed by a private corporation there is no discount. While visiting Mt. Rushmore is free, the parking isn't. We were charged full price for parking. When we drove thru the Badlands, we were admitted for free. USACE campsites are half price.

We do agree that more could be done to protect our national treasures, and letting private corporations run things hasn't been the answer. My uncle has worked at the Custer State Park Game Lodge for several years. The building was constructed in the early 20th century and President Coolidge stayed there. One would think it's historic significance would mean someone was taking care of it. My uncle said that isn't the case. While it looks well maintained, it needs major restoration work. The corporation managing it certainly isn't going to spend that kind of money.
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We recently qualified for the Senior Pass and I in no way feel guilty for taking advantage of one of the few benefits available to seniors. I am a military veteran and my wife and I have been gainfully employed all our lives. We've paid a lot of money in taxes over the years and neither of us has ever been arrested. (I suspect this applies to most seniors.)

I will add that I am appreciative of this benefit though.

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Ditto.

There are few benefits to getting older, but this pass, reduction in property taxes, etc., are meant to help maintain a quality of life while living on a reduced income.

I feel no guilt whatsoever.


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I don't think anyone should feel guilty using what is offered. Just think the park service is doing themselves a disservice considering their financial woes. I donate every year to the nps, outside of buying a annual pass.
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