by Duluth News Tribune
July 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Duluth News Tribune
This week’s injuries at the popular diving area reignite an age-old debate about risky summertime recreation.
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This is getting to be a joke – I jumped the deeps when I was young, honestly made hundreds of jumps and did not once get hurt. Just because of a few people have gotten hurt doesn’t mean we need article after article after article. How many people get hurt in sanctioned events; hockey, football, soccer – the list could go on and on. Kids are going to jump here regardless of if someone got hurt.
After the deeps became boring we went to Thompson Bridge in Jay Cooke where instead of jumping from 25 ft, you could jump up to 130 feet at the top of the bridge. We began this the summer the kid jumped from the bridge and died and it didnâ€™t phase us a bit. Kids aren’t going to listen if you say don’t do it – they are going to be more apt to. Especially with all of this media attention day in day out â€“ paper, internet, TV â€“ come on now enough already. Also that high branch you speak of is at most 45 â€“ 55 feet; letsâ€™ keep it honest now and not tell â€œfish stories.â€
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I can agree that the numerous articles may be overkill; but the way I see it, if the article can keep one person from injury, it is well worth the print. Today is the 7th Anniversary of a 15 ft fall that left me with a spinal cord injury. I was 21 at the time . Since then I have been introduced to many others with similar injuries from fun summer activities – brain injuries, quads and paras, some can walk and others cannot … some cannot talk, or eat, or go to the bathroom without assistance …
I am glad that you were not injured during your ‘hundreds of jumps,’ but the fact is that it takes only one time for that perfect jump record to be shattered… I am not saying that people should stop jumping, but I would like them to think about it beforehand – is that jump really worth it?
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Are we going to post a cop to sit there all day? Cause that’s what it’s going to take to keep kids from doing what kids have done there for 150 years.
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Let em keep jumping. Kharma will eventually get even with them. Teach your kids not to do stupid things when they’re young and you wont have to teach them not to do stupid things when they’re older. And jumping off a cliff is STUPID!
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Like smoking dope? Jason, weren’t you an advocate of legalizing it?
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There are many benefits to it, so why not. Stop the perpetuation of the “Reefer Madness” nonsense.
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Karma, Jason? That has nothing to do with kids (and admittedly, some adults) jumping into clean cold water for fun. It’s beautiful there, serene…. and when it’s hot out, an almost unavoidable place to cool off and have some fun at the same time.
There are more than just the top of the pine tree (probably 40 feet high) to jump off of.. there are points at 3 , 5, 8 and 10 feet as well. Only a very few attempt the highest jumps at roughly 30 feet, which is no higher than your average high jump platform.
People (not JUST kids) are going to actively participate in thrill/adrenaline activities no matter how many laws, rules or fences you put up. I did it, you probably did it, and your kids will most likely do it too.
If the City and/or citizens want to make this place obsolete, we need to create a safe and fun environment for this type of activity… build an indoor pool where kids can go and jump into a pool at heights up to 30 feet. Hire a lifeguard and let the public enjoy… I’d certainly go, just to watch those crazy kids!
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Leave it alone. Do not add to ‘MN where absolutely nothing is allowed.’
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In response to the headline: The risks are not too big to ignore.
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“Some say risks are too great to ignore.” What does that mean and what is suggested to stop ignoring it? If the trend of the nanny state applies here, my guess is some sort of law or building a fence around the place. The problem with this is that there are an infinite ways for idiots to hurt themselves and the ultimate of the nanny principle would turn us into mindless drones. When it comes to children the answer is parenting, and when it comes to adults the answer is responsibility. Those who want to cure the ills of the world should join the peace corps and stop polluting people’s minds.
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It wouldn’t be as much ‘fun’ if it was allowed! And don’t forget if it was allowed and someone is hurt or whatever~~who will cover the injury? Even signing a jump at your own risk (I’m a stupid clause) I bet they would still win alot of money.
So then admission would have to be charged for the jumper & watchers. Oh and don’t forget you can’t bring in your own water or food! Remember the 4th. Oh sorry.
Also, my kids might tell me that was there 1st time there too. That they just had to find the place to see what all the rage is. Because if they would have ever told me they were going there to just check it out and hang out. They would have never been allowed to go. Hum…even when we think we are the best, we still might not hear everything.
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Weren’t the risks to our economy and privacy “too great to be ignored” when Obama forced his healthcare, finance reform, and stimulus bill down our throats? But ignore them he (and the Leftist Congress) did. So the next time the left wails about something being to risky to be ignored, it just means that they are willing to bypass the wishes of the people and impose it on us.
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