What is your opinion of what Martin P. said about HG in the March magazine.
I have to confess that I very rarely read that magazine any more, and I don't have it handy. But I will try to read it on-line ...
Before I get to Martin's article, let me say that it is ridiculous to have to use that stupid ISSUU reader to read our own magazine. Why don't they just publish a PDF file so we can download it and read it when we want? Why do we have to go through a stupid third-party choke hold to view what is supposed to be OUR national magazine? Are they afraid we'll actually . . . share
it with a non-member?
Heaven forbid that we might want to share our magazine with non-USHPA member to . . . grow our sport.
OK, on to Martin ...
Note how they go through such pains to tell us that he started as a hang gliding pilot and got all the way through his H1 rating (wow) before being severely injured in such a dangerous sport. In fact, it was so dangerous that it took him 8 years to finally decide to take up that much safer sport of paragliding.
(I think I'm going to get a lot of use from our "eye rolling" smiley during this article)
Then they go on about the "identity crisis" and retiring the "orange ball" logo as if that was the key issue in combining the two sports. If there's an "identity crisis" it's not about the logo. It's about the fact that soon we won't have enough representation to win any USHPA Board seats.
Then they talk about going "digital" and improving communication.
Gee, how about telling us how our USHPA Board members vote on the USHPA Board like they've been doing in Congress (since forever) and in the HP Association of Canada (since almost forever). No, don't do that!!
They say he's working to improve communications "through chapters to address their local issues". OK, that deserves a big one:
How long have the Torrey Hawks been asking to get something as basic as site insurance? Since 2009? That's 6 years this spring.
Oh boy, here's some good news .... as Chapters we're going to get USHPA promotional "schwag".
Then he talks about his "major concern" about the decline in hang gliding. Gee, what could they do in San Diego to help with that? Maybe support the only hang gliding club in San Diego? OK, that deserves another big one:
Now this next one is a real killer. He talks about how he's "drastically concerned" about the decline of hang gliding (now down to 37% of USHPA's members). So why do they make every attempt - year after year - to gut our ability to have hang gliding clubs? Clubs like the Torrey Hawks and the Fellow Feathers are teetering on the edge of violation of these new rules designed to crush us. The truth gives you away Martin.
All right Sam. That's the last time I'm going to let you depress me by tricking me into reading a U$hP