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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Derrick A. Crandall
The National Park Service has closed privately run marinas, restaurants and inns throughout the country and in some cases even posted guards to keep people from using them during the government shutdown, arguing that it doesn't have the money, manpower or authority to let them operate.
Derrick A. Crandall, a counselor at the National Park Hospitality Association, an organization for park concessionaires, said the Park Service is showing less leniency this time than it did during the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns.
"Last time around, we saw some superintendents that tended to recognize hardship and perhaps be a little more forgiving of hard deadlines, just attempting to make sure any special needs were accommodated," he said. "This year, from what I'm being told, there were some superintendents who acted to shut down ops before the Thursday 6 p.m. deadline."