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2/1/2009 4:43 PM
 

jumping wrote

Hope they crank it back up when the government lets the economy get going again.

The government is not responsible for the economy being the way it is,  The situation we're going through now is the result of a number of corporate executives who made bad decisions, particularly in the way in which they decided to lend out money.  The government has been helping, not holding back.  Don't forget that the money that goes into bailing out these companies is coming from your tax dollars, and that your votes and publicly voiced opinions are what drive who is in power and how they are influenced to use that power.

The government is not here to tell us how to live our lives or how to spend our money.  They exist to provide a universal way to exchange of resources and to create and enforce laws that help protect everyone equally.

Sitting back and waiting for the "Government to finally fix things" is a public mentality that will eventually lead to the government telling us how to live our lives and how to spend our money.  There are many people outside of the Skydiving Sport who look into it and feel it's an economical waste to have a sport in which hundreds of dollars per person per weekend are being spent burning fuel for entertainment when the same resources could be spent to serve hundreds of meals to low income families.

Our country allows us the freedom to earn resources through trade, and to spend those resources on what we feel is important to us.  As business owners and employees if we're making mistakes that lead to us having difficult times; we can't go running to good ol' Uncle Sam for help, or they'll take luxuries like Skydiving away from us in the form of higher taxes; so that they can use the resources pay for everyone's mistakes.

It is up to every one of us to keep our industry strong.  We can do so in many different ways:

  • Contribute new ideas that lower costs to jump.
  • Spend a little extra time volunteering to clean up the dropzone Sunday evening to lower staffing requirements.
  • Offer to carpool with people around you to the dropzone to save each of you on resources.
  • Help in spreading the word of what Skydiving is all about any way you can, to lower the percentage of your ticket jump that goes toward marketing.
  • Start a business with a great new idea that allows you to provide value to customers while supporting the families of your employees.

Sitting back and waiting for the government to 'let' things get better is not a very healthy view to take for any of us.

Perhaps if it's something in particular that you think should be done, you could help to identify what that is, and why...  This allows your criticism to fall into the "constructive criticism" category, which can be quite helpful to the overall good of the economy.

I think that we'll find that the economy is only a part of what has cause Skydiving Magazine to become suspended.  After all, not everybody does everything for income.  I would expect that if dollars were the subject of closing the magazine, that it would have gone up for sale as a business, or they would have looked at how to change their business structure to be more profitable.  There are a lot of opportunities and changes happening in the publication world.  Even larger scale magazines are not able to support themselves anymore because they're continuing to rely on old business practices that revolved around the magazine reading habits of the past.  We live in a new online world where many consumers now prefer news through different mediums (Skydive Radio itself is a great example of this).

Perhaps the owners of Skydiving Magazine see the changes that have been taking place, have done well for themselves but have identified that Skydivers are more interested in different forms of media.  Rather than attempting to change and rebuild based on new consumer demands, have decide to retire or take on different personal or professional interests?

I am really looking forward to hearing from Mike himself why he decided to close shop.  If it is for economical reasons I'm sure it has more to do with having less consumers interested in paying yearly subscriptions to magazines, or that advertisers are no longer paying the higher prices involved with print ads because they can purchase online advertisements on dropzone.com (or skydiveradio.com) that have proven to give more return for the dollars spent.  These are economical factors that the Government has nothing to do with.  They represent supply and demand and how they drive a free-market economy.  The governmental alternative would be more socialism or communism based solutions; each of those solutions would not favor a costly sport like ours.

Peace and good will,

Matt Christenson

 


http://www.RealDropzone.com - A new breed of dropzone management software.
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2/1/2009 7:06 PM
 

mattchristenson wrote
 

 jumping wrote

 

Hope they crank it back up when the government lets the economy get going again.

 

The government is not responsible for the economy being the way it is,  The situation we're going through now is the result of a number of corporate executives who made bad decisions, particularly in the way in which they decided to lend out money.  The government has been helping, not holding back.  Don't forget that the money that goes into bailing out these companies is coming from your tax dollars, and that your votes and publicly voiced opinions are what drive who is in power and how they are influenced to use that power.

The government is not here to tell us how to live our lives or how to spend our money.  They exist to provide a universal way to exchange of resources and to create and enforce laws that help protect everyone equally.

Sitting back and waiting for the "Government to finally fix things" is a public mentality that will eventually lead to the government telling us how to live our lives and how to spend our money.  There are many people outside of the Skydiving Sport who look into it and feel it's an economical waste to have a sport in which hundreds of dollars per person per weekend are being spent burning fuel for entertainment when the same resources could be spent to serve hundreds of meals to low income families.

Our country allows us the freedom to earn resources through trade, and to spend those resources on what we feel is important to us.  As business owners and employees if we're making mistakes that lead to us having difficult times; we can't go running to good ol' Uncle Sam for help, or they'll take luxuries like Skydiving away from us in the form of higher taxes; so that they can use the resources pay for everyone's mistakes.

It is up to every one of us to keep our industry strong.  We can do so in many different ways:

  • Contribute new ideas that lower costs to jump.
  • Spend a little extra time volunteering to clean up the dropzone Sunday evening to lower staffing requirements.
  • Offer to carpool with people around you to the dropzone to save each of you on resources.
  • Help in spreading the word of what Skydiving is all about any way you can, to lower the percentage of your ticket jump that goes toward marketing.
  • Start a business with a great new idea that allows you to provide value to customers while supporting the families of your employees.

Sitting back and waiting for the government to 'let' things get better is not a very healthy view to take for any of us.

Perhaps if it's something in particular that you think should be done, you could help to identify what that is, and why...  This allows your criticism to fall into the "constructive criticism" category, which can be quite helpful to the overall good of the economy.

I think that we'll find that the economy is only a part of what has cause Skydiving Magazine to become suspended.  After all, not everybody does everything for income.  I would expect that if dollars were the subject of closing the magazine, that it would have gone up for sale as a business, or they would have looked at how to change their business structure to be more profitable.  There are a lot of opportunities and changes happening in the publication world.  Even larger scale magazines are not able to support themselves anymore because they're continuing to rely on old business practices that revolved around the magazine reading habits of the past.  We live in a new online world where many consumers now prefer news through different mediums (Skydive Radio itself is a great example of this).

Perhaps the owners of Skydiving Magazine see the changes that have been taking place, have done well for themselves but have identified that Skydivers are more interested in different forms of media.  Rather than attempting to change and rebuild based on new consumer demands, have decide to retire or take on different personal or professional interests?

I am really looking forward to hearing from Mike himself why he decided to close shop.  If it is for economical reasons I'm sure it has more to do with having less consumers interested in paying yearly subscriptions to magazines, or that advertisers are no longer paying the higher prices involved with print ads because they can purchase online advertisements on dropzone.com (or skydiveradio.com) that have proven to give more return for the dollars spent.  These are economical factors that the Government has nothing to do with.  They represent supply and demand and how they drive a free-market economy.  The governmental alternative would be more socialism or communism based solutions; each of those solutions would not favor a costly sport like ours.

Peace and good will,

Matt Christenson

 

 

Sheesh!

I'm not sitting around. I work at a job like most everyone else.

The government can only meddle in an economy not run it or fix it. When the government decides to get out of our way and let market forces take over we will climb out of this mess and not before so I stand by my comment that the government let the economy get going again. Bailing out bad decisions is NOT the answer.

 And if you think the government isn't already telling those whom they bail out how to run their businesses and what to spend money on, including personal pay, you haven't been reading the news lately. They are doing it now. Today it's 'them' tomorrow it's YOU. Wake up.


BSF!
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2/1/2009 7:51 PM
 

Oh crap here we go.  Perhaps we need to make some forum rules.  I'll start with this one.  Please take all political, or religious discussions to Speakers Corner over at dropzone.com

 


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2/2/2009 9:43 PM
 

Sad news.

The $ amount I was refunded I'll be donating to Skydive Radio!!

Jesse

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2/2/2009 10:26 PM
 

Interesting Spin.  I like it.

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