#HarryReidsShutDown Closes Private NC Business Because… PAIN.

This Administration has jumped the shark with its attempt to bring pain during the shut down. These ‘painful’ shut downs are similar to the farcical attempts at drama made by this administration and Democrats during Obama’s Sequester. We’ve heard from all sorts of politicans in NC on the shut down except one:

Breitbart has a nice list of some of the things being dramatically shut down by the administration which include blocking out sports events for our overseas troops and attempting to close privately funded Mt. Vernon. Here are some of the others you may not have seen, courtesy of ConMom:

More from ConMom:

There are more stories linked, read both posts.

‘Pain’ and Pushing Back In North Carolina

One of the stories included is the Pisgah Inn, a privately run business which leases its property from the Federal government, which Blue Ridge Park Police closed off last week due to the ‘shut down’.  That’s right, the Pisgah pays rent to the government and this administration just blocked their customers from entering.  By the way, the Blue Ridge Parkway itself is not closed. Citizen Times Reported:

WAYNESVILLE — Police blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday to end a showdown over the federal shutdown that started when the business opened for lunch against government orders.

Inn managers had decided to close after initially saying the business would defy the Thursday deadline to shut down.

Business owner Bruce O’Connell said he thought about it overnight and decided to make a stand, after all, on Friday. He leases the building from the National Park Service, a business he has had for 35 years.

“Conscience, conviction. That’s about it,” he said of the decision to open at noon.

The Pisgah Inn’s owner briefly re-opened as stated above, but was shut down again fairly quickly. Park Rangers with blocked the entrance to customers with their cars; red lights flashing on top.  The lengths this administration is going to in order to ‘bring the pain’ of shut down’ to the people is captured in this USA TODAY opening:

Near MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. — At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town, an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge.

That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O’Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday at the height of fall foliage — and tourism — season.

“At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town,” because… PAIN. Got that?  It seems most people are getting it and they’re calling it like they see it: theater.  USA TODAY:

Pisgah Inn diners Friday didn’t agree with the government’s move to block access to the inn.

“If they were government employees, they’d get back pay when government re-funded,” said Baird Lefter of Waynesville, N.C., in a valley about 20 miles northwest of the inn. He was dining with his wife and a friend. “They are just being shut out of work. And if they haven’t closed the parkway why should they close the concessions?”

Just to make sure the Pisgah stays in line, this administration, in essence, threatened the owner. In a letter the Director of the National Park Service sent the owner, a point was made to detail that he was violating his contract by not closing down and that contract expires this year.  In other words, ‘Nice Restaurant ya got there, shame if anything happened to it.’

Read the whole USA Today Article. Don’t skip the video at the top where a customer interviewed states, ” If they haven’t closed the Parkway, why should they close the concessions? Makes no sense. It’s just government trying to make it as painful as possible.

It’s worth noting that while the Inn’s staff are idle and the Inn loses revenue, Federal furloughed employees are attempting to draw unemployment.

Pushing Back In North Carolina – Part II

Protesters, led by the Asheville Tea Party, showed up and demanded it be reopened. Via Black Mountain News:

WAYNESVILLE — About 30 people gathered on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday to protest was they said was the unfairness of a decision to close the privately operated Pisgah Inn as part of the shutdown of the federal government.Jane Bilello, chair of the Asheville Tea Party and organizer of the protest outside the inn southwest of Asheville, said closing it makes no sense even though the government owns the facility and the land it sits on.

“We don’t want this business shut down,” Bilello said. “It’s just not right. This is just political grandstanding as far as we’re concerned.”

No, it’s not right and it is grandstanding. By the way, how long will it be until the WLOS TV tower up there is also shut down? According to Wikipedia, the TV station and 3 other radio stations broadcast from the tower atop the mountain.  WLOS is covering the story with video of a woman pulled over by Park Rangers who vocally expressed she felt this was ‘tyranny‘. The WLOS  ABC13 Reporter notes at the end that the Pisgah was ordered to be shut down in the 90’s under Clinton.

A Little About The Pisgah Inn

Via PisgahInn.com

The Mt. Pisgah area has been a popular resort area for a number of years. The first Pisgah Inn opened about 1919. This rustic old Inn was a welcome journey’s end for thousands of travelers escaping from the heat of the lowlands in the summer. Development of the modern Pisgah Inn began in the early 1960’s. The original Inn was disassembled in 1990 due to safety concerns.

Most of the Blue Ridge Parkway in this area was built across land transferred from the U.S. Forest Service. The exception was the 471 acres around Buck Springs Lodge. The State of North Carolina purchased the land and the lodge in 1959 and transferred the land to the United States for the construction of the Parkway. The Blue Ridge Parkway through the Mt. Pisgah area opened for travel in the mid-60’s. The Present Pisgah Inn was built in 1964.

From 1964 until 1978, the Inn was owned by Aaron Prevost. Under his able ownership, a series of different managers directed operations. In 1977, the manager, Mr. Wright, passed away leaving open the position of Manager. In 1978, the O’Connell family came on board. Tom and Phyllis were retired hotel operators. Bruce, their son, had just graduated from the Cornell Hotel School. Together, they took the helm with Bruce running the food operation and Tom running the hotel division. Phyllis was the anchor that held the whole place together. Tom passed away in 1985 leaving Bruce and Phyllis to manage the Inn. Bruce (who has now been at the Inn for 27 seasons) runs the Inn with the help of his mother and many long term, key staffers. The present concession’s contract expires in 2013. At that time, a new contract will be drafted. Hopefully, Bruce will continue his tenure watching over this precious resource.

The next trip I make up that way, I’ll be staying at the Pisgah.

Related Reading: #Senate2014: KAY HAGAN’S SHUTDOWN


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A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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3 Responses to #HarryReidsShutDown Closes Private NC Business Because… PAIN.

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  3. Eric Dailey says:

    I blame HARRY REID for all this damage.


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