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Airport Access: A Big Win For Skydiving

“People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”
Jennifer E. Smith, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Today–Feb. 12, 2014–a huge win occurred for a small business owner. Urban Moore, owner of Eugene Skydivers, regained the right to land parachutes into an adjacent field next to the airport he flies jumpers out of. This development ends an eight-year legal battle between Moore and the city of Creswell. In light of this recent event, Moore urges all skydivers to support the United States Parachute Association and the Airport Access Defense Fund. Below is a copy of the press release.

CRESWELL, Ore—Urban Moore, owner of Eugene Skydivers, announced this morning that his business has regained the right to land parachutes at the Creswell Airport. “The settlement with the city cleared all hurdles and now it’s official. We can land at the airport,” stated Mr. Moore through some early morning text messages to employees and friends.tandem

Last August a settlement was reached between Eugene Skydivers and the City of Creswell in an attempt to end an eight-year legal battle. Although the agreement accelerated a resolution, Mr. Moore credits the United States Parachute Association (USPA) and the Airport Defense Fund (ADF) for providing much needed support during his legal challenge to the eviction of skydivers from the airport. “I couldn’t have gotten this far without the help of USPA or the ADF. I’m looking forward to going back to work. This is a great day for skydiving,” continues Mr. Moore.

The settlement has established safety guidelines and written procedures that both sides agreed to. The policies in place will ensure safe operations for all parties involved. Weather permitting skydiving is expected to resume at the Creswell airport as early as Thursday, Feb. 13.

About Eugene Skydivers

Urban Moore opened Eugene Skydivers in February 1992 at the Creswell Airport. During the last twenty-years, Eugene Skydivers has performed exhibition skydives for businesses, charities, and political campaigns. In 1998, an Oregon State skydiving record was hosted at the parachute landing area of the Creswell Airport. To date, Eugene Skydivers has successfully performed an estimated 70,000 skydives. The hours of operation are Thursday thru Sunday and by appointment.

Eugene Skydivers

Eugene Skydiver Press Release




Sarah Murnaghan: Bureaucracy Run Amok

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama

A Crow’s View is hoping Sarah Murnaghan’s lung transplant is a success. Her case inspires passion and hope that everyone, regardless of political affiliation, can support. However, when Kathleen Sebelius denied intervening on behalf of the Murnaghan’s; she inadvertently stepped into a public relations nightmare because if the surgery is a success her statement, “some people live some people die”, will undoubtedly haunt her and the administration. On the other hand, if the surgery fails or Sarah dies due to complications. Then the administrations decision not to intervene appears to be justified.

I don’t understand why the HHS Secretary positioned herself and our government to benefit more if Sarah’s surgery fails. I find this disturbing! This position reveals the ineptitude of big government; moreover, it is a stark example of bureaucracy run amok.

While this entire episode was playing out in the news, there was no shortage of passing the buck. Congress blamed Sebelius for denying Sarah a place on the transplant list. In turn, the HHS Secretary criticized pediatric transplant policies that set the age requirement.

The bottom line is Sebelius had the authority to suspend the rules and help this family. Her refusal to intervene is a senseless act of callousness or stupidity. It should not have taken a court order to allow Sarah Murnaghan a shot at life. In fact, this issue should never have elevated to the point where a member of President Obama’s cabinet has to make a decision directly affecting an individual’s health, let alone life or death.

This issue’s rise to prominence will force debate on a host of topics. A public relations battle will surely ensue, and political lines will be drawn. Before we enter into the miasma this issue will bring. We should all take a moment and wish Sarah Murnaghan and her family well. If you’re a person of faith say a prayer; those of a secular ideology take a moment of silence.

Rauchen Ist Verboten! (Smoking Is Prohibited)

20130319-004746.jpgFreedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err––Mahatma Gandhi

I’m not a smoker nor do I care for smoking. It’s a disgusting habit that should be eliminated from a person’s lifestyle, but I do take exception when little tin-god politicians or administrators put in place regulations that strip people of enjoying a lawful activity.

While walking through a local park, I noticed a sign that announced “no smoking.” What struck me about that sign is that it wasn’t in a pavilion, restroom, or another enclosed area, but a wide-open space on the park grounds. For some reason this sign got my blood boiling.

It is obvious that the hysteria of second hand smoke is alive and well. I don’t care for the smell of smoke or its affect on human health, but to forbid a person from smoking outside while at a public park seems over the top to me.

I find it odd that in the same park that bans open-air smoking; the “powers that be”  don’t have a problem with drinking alcohol outdoors. For that matter, the ban only applies to tobacco, so I’m guessing Marijuana is alright assuming it’s medicinal (to meet the state law exception). Something just seems backwards to me.

I know most people will disagree with me, but adults have a right to smoke; furthermore, people have the right to be stupid. Even if it means they’re going to do something harmful to themselves, like smoking tobacco products, drinking alcohol, or eating unhealthy foods.

My take on smoking and the tobacco industry is simple. If it is so horrible then BAN IT ALL. Don’t slowly kill the tobacco industry through litigation and laws that will drive the business under through attrition. Either do it all at once, or allow people to do what they did for hundreds of years…..have their vices! In today’s world people know the dangers of tobacco use. Let those who want to use it, have it.

Most smokers I know are good and decent people who will go out of their way to accommodate those who don’t smoke. I’ve even been around complete strangers that will ask if their smoking will bother me. If I say it will, then they voluntarily move or just put their cigarettes away.

For those of us who don’t care for second hand smoke, there are plenty of indoor smoking bans both public and private to visit. Banning outdoorIWantYou1 smoking is  ridiculous. It just torments smokers; furthermore, all it does is give those of us who don‘t like to smoke a bad name; an outdoor smoking ban really does sound like persecution that’s reminiscent of 1930s Germany.