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When Rachel Zurer ar­gued in our Au­gust is­sue (“Free the Parks,” page 75) that the na­tional parks should be free of charge to en­cour­age use of this Amer­i­can birthright, she in­spired a flood of Face­book com­ments, most ar­gu­ing against get­ting rid of fees. “Can you imag­ine the Dis­ney­land-like scene that would hap­pen at the most pop­u­lar parks?” Ed Cal­laert wrote. “They are al­most un-vis­itable now in sum­mer.” Lisa O’Toole sug­gested a pos­si­ble fix: “How about do­ing vol­un­teer work for a fee waiver?” she wrote. Bret Harvieux, on the other hand, said it didn’t mat­ter to him. “The NPS can set en­trance fees to $500 for all I care,” he wrote. “It’s not go­ing to stop me from com­ing.”

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