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Day-use park fees simply ridiculous

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I just read your article about the new fees at the American River (Journal, Aug. 14). I am appalled. Why would they charge anything to go to the river? I have been going to the American River for almost 40 years. There were not fees before. Last year they started charging fees to go to Mineral Bar, but there was off-road parking available. This year they put 15-minute parking up across the bridge. I can see paying for camping, because you’re using the facilities, but to charge for day use is ridiculous. If they can’t afford to keep the parks open, give them back to the people. I personally am sick and tired of fees and more fees. My God, can’t we commune with nature for two hours without a fee? Jackie McBride, Meadow Vista