August 28, 2014

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Shutdown ruins local tourists’ tour of national parks

"Closed" signs and barricades sprang up early Tuesday at national parks and many federal workplaces across the country. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

“Closed” signs and barricades sprang up early Tuesday at national parks and many federal workplaces across the country. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A bus full of Lorain County residents found their plans Tuesday quashed on their way to Chicago.

The residents were on their way to tour national parks, including Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The stops were planned as part of a bus trip through the Lorain County Office of Aging, which has been planned for nine months, according to Calvin Woods.

Woods, of Wellington, said the group was disheartened to learn that they would not be able to make those stops after the government shut down early Tuesday.

After lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill Monday night, government services, agencies and landmarks were shut down Tuesday. The partial government shutdown included the closure of more than 400 national parks and museums.

Woods said those on the bus trip paid $2,400 with the intention of visiting several of the closed national landmarks. The bus of 30 people continued on to Chicago on Tuesday and will make other stops planned as part of the 16-day trip.

“I can’t cancel it. … These people have been looking forward to the trip for months,” he said.

Woods said he is a volunteer for the Lorain County Office on Aging and was tasked with planning the bus trip. The purpose of the trip is not to make money, he said, but to allow residents to see the country and have fun.

He criticized the government shutdown, which he called a “hostage, blackmail situation.”

“The wrong people are getting hurt,” he said.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

  • bpbatista

    These poor folks won’t get to see Yellowstone or the other parks — but at least Sherrod Brown and the rest of the Democrats in Congress will get to keep their illegal Obamacare subsidies that no one else can get.

    So cheer up!

    • Derp

      Illegal as in upheld by the Supreme Court.

      Let me guess your a Economic Rhodes Scholar LOL

      • Conservator440

        The article is “an”. “An” always before a word beginning with a vowel. Apparently this site is loaded with Rhodes scholars….NOT.

  • bpbatista

    Grocery stores on Army bases in the U.S. are closed. The golf course at Andrews Air Force base is open. Obama plays golf there.

  • bpbatista

    Senate majority leader Harry Reid objected today when Senate minority
    leader Mitch McConnell pushed today for the Senate to consider
    House-passed legislation that would ensure veterans were funded during
    the shutdown.

    “Today, the House passed a bill to ensure that our veterans continue
    to get the services and benefits they so richly deserve,” McConnell said
    on the floor. “If Democrats are unwilling to fund other parts of the
    government, at the very least they can agree to support our veterans.”

    Reid then objected.

    Why do the Democrats in Congress hate veterans? Where is Sherrod Brown?

  • Heath J

    As a country, we’re broke. It’s about time it was addressed.

  • Phil Blank

    May be we here in the USA should try what Ireland is doing?

    Cash-Strapped Ireland Asks Voters to Close Senate

    ABC News-8 hours ago

    Ireland’s voters have begun deciding whether to abolish the country’s Senate in a cost-cutting move backed by the government and many …

  • bpbatista

    Obama and the Democrats are purposely making the “shut down” as painful as possible:

    “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

  • Linda Groves

    So what if the parks are closed. There are more important things going on in this country that need to be taken care of. IMPEACH OBOZO,DEFUND ILLEGAL OBAMACARE, and CLOSE THE BORDERS!!!

  • papostelos@yahoo.com

    Government in Washington? Throw the bums out and elect some who will get the job down!

  • papostelos@yahoo.com

    And >>> OH <<< by the way ~~~~~ I'll be needing your vote so I can go up there and see what's cooking!!!