The original charges were excessive, the final plea acceptable, and the whole
thing blown out of proportion.It happened before and probably will
again. No one was hurt and, with all due respect to my faith, it was probably
the most exciting event that joint's seen in decades. The real news is that
Hartman Rector, Jr's grandson was in on it. If you ask me, there's not a guy in
the world who wouldn't be secretly proud that his namesake had the chutzpah to
do this.Lighten up guys and ask to watch the video they shot --
it'll make your tummy tingle.
Why punish guys who found an actual productive use for the big eyesore?
Before anybody says that there is no harm in this... or that it was all just
blown out of proportion... have you ever had to clean up after one of these that
went wrong? It happens. People DIE doing this, every year.No one
was hurt... THIS TIME. But people have died before. And not only jumpers.
Innocent people on the ground who were just walking to work.Google
"Base Fatality List".... There are PAGES AND PAGES of people who
have died when things went unexpectedly wrong.
2 Bits:You're right. Things go wrong and people die BASE jumping.
Pages and pages of people who die when things go unexpectedly
wrong...which sounds like reading the Sunday paper. Pages and pages' worth.Things also go wrong when we get in our cars, hike mountain trails,
cross the street downtown, or ride bicycles. The vehicle-on-bicycle fatalities
in Utah are astonishing -- on average, one a week. Yes, innocent bicyclists.
Yikes! We can't tell bicyclists, pedestrians, hikers, dog owners, or motorists,
"don't ever do this because we don't want to clean up your corpse."
I don't believe in inviting tragedy, but neither do I believe that
life can be lived without risk. Getting to work and jumping off buildings aren't
the same, granted. But back-country skiing, technical climbing, or taking a
drive up Parley's on a beautiful Sunday morning aren't necessary, either. We
weigh our chances and do what we need to feel alive...this time, every time, and
hope we don't become statistics. If you want to increase public safety,
statistically, you'll save more lives by eliminating dry cleaning bags than BASE
Re: LeFiffre | 1:17 a.m. April 12, 2011 When we get in our cars,
hike mountain trails, cross the street downtown, or ride bicycles we are engaged
in legal activities, and yes, those legal activities can result in accidents and
deaths.When we engage in illegal activities we should be prepared to
accept the consequences of our actions. It doesn't matter who breaks the law
and who his grandfather is. Those who break our laws shouldn't be surprised
when they are required to pay the price for their actions.Some may
view Main Street Plaza as a "joint" but the vast majority of us view
it as a peaceful beautiful garden.
This gives me an idea.If I jump off the roof of my ward house do you
think I would be forbidden to ever go back?I wouldn't have to come
up with an excuse each week to give my wife why I can't go.Hmmmmm.
LeFiffre | 1:17 a.m.Rifleman beat me to it... The point isn't
whether you can get hurt or not. The point is... it's ILLEGAL. And it's
Illegal for a reason (the list).My problem is people who do it and
then expect no consequences... or if there are legal charges... just say,
"THEY blew it out of proportion", like nothing should happen to them.
All they got was a small fine and probation! I don't know how much
less punishment they could give to people who said they didn't do it... when
there was clear video evidence that they did. Maybe if they man-up and admitted
it, and didn't plead innocent and make it into an big court case... it could
have been dropped. But not after they claim innocence and fight it.Skiing out of bounds is illegal too... for the same reason (long list of
deaths). It's not only dangerous for out of bounds skiers but also other
people who get caught in the avalanche they cause.If you engage in
extreme sports... make sure they are legal first. And be ready for the
Re: Jeff S | 12:28 p.m. April 12, 2011 That's a sad comment. I
watched a woman quietly crying in church one Sunday because her husband wasn't
attending. People get divorced and have to schedule their turn to
be with their children because they are too selfish to consider the feelings and
needs of a spouse.
Thank you Rifleman. You bring up an excellent point.The wife should
be at home with her husband.