- Posted October 1, 2013 by
Three Rivers, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Shutdown hurts small businesses
We have been inundated with calls and emails from guests stating that they will cancel their reservations if Sequoia and Kings Canyon are closed, as the federal government has threatened. In a business with already thin margins, that has suffered through the great recession, the impact is devastating. The fact that this is an avoidable situation, created by our own elected officials, is all the more disturbing.
We have guests who have traveled from around the world to come to Sequoia and they are about to be told that they have to leave the park. For some of our guests, we have been told that this was their one chance in a lifetime to see the Giant Sequoias, to climb the 292 stairs to the top of Moro Rock and to see Kings Canyon, a canyon deeper even than the Grand Canyon.
What our representatives fail to understand is that, although our guests may cancel, my family is still left with paying the mortgage, the utilities, the property taxes, and many of our other business expenses (as well as our own personal expenses) regardless of whether we have any guests. Unlike the federal government, we do not have tax revenues which continue to flow in regardless of whether or not we are shutdown.
It is time for our elected representatives to set aside partisan politics and work together to resolve this government created crisis.