Columnist finds danger hype regarding rides to be unnerving

Posted Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:25 AM | Contributed by Lankster

Wall Street Jounal columnist Collin Levey says lawyers and politicians threaten to kill off an American pasttime, with a little help from sensational media. She takes stabs at the LA Times, Rep. Ed Markey and the family that sued for a pre-existing condition.

Read more from the Wall Street Journal.

Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:32 AM
FINALLY!! Someone in the press has the guts to come out with what most of us have been feeling for a long time about this. Congradulations to this columnist for writing this specific article, especially in a major newspaper such as The Wall Street Journal. It reiterates what a lot of enthusiasts think of this whole entire issue. DOWN WITH MARKEY!

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:35 AM

BRAVO!!!!

Hopefully this will be the first of MANY pro-coaster articles/editorials.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:36 AM

Praise the lord! Collin Levey is my hero! Thank God someone was finally able to come out and say this!

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-Kyle Brylczyk
KoRn - Untouchables, June 11th, 2002

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:38 AM
Markey will never succeed. not in a million years. what i would like to know is what he has against roller coasters. the mans obviously an idiot. i started to listen to what he had to say, but then i realized its just a bunch of babbling. *** This post was edited by B&M_Lover on 5/30/2002. ***
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:40 AM
Finally. someone speaks out against amusement park haters. Praise the lord!
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:40 AM

My favorite part...


The ball is rolling at the federal level, too. Rep. Edward Markey (D., Mass.) has been on a crusade for years, though nobody is exactly sure why.


Ha! I'll tell you why... it's because it's a "cause" that no one else feels is important enough to take up, and not interesting to anyone other than the media. Most of our beloved Congress has more important things on their mind (like people crashing airplanes into buildings, delivering biohazards by mail and reorganizing the intelligence agencies).

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:56 AM
Amen to that Jeff !!!
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:57 AM
I love this person! Someone has finally figured out that it is time to stop what has been happening in America for a while now. That would be, "being able to sue somebody for just about anything, and most likely winning." If I was ever the CCEO of a giant amusement park company, I would make a giant scene if somebody tried to sue me for something that wasnt my fault, but rider error. If the lawmakers ever do listen to Markey, every coaster entusiast is gonna come with me to DC and we are gonna have a big b-b-q on the lawn of the Capitol building and we are gonna rally for our coasters. So, who's with me?!
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 10:59 AM
Finally someone with a bit of common sense!

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Scoz
http://www.coastersinc.com *** This post was edited by Scoz on 5/30/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 11:05 AM

Read the responses to the article at the link near the bottom of the page.. Here is one that cracked me up. Ralph from bean town wrote...

It is no secret on Beacon Hill why Rep. Edward Markey is roiled by the dangers of roller coaster rides. He is the 59th documented case of brain damage caused by these devilish amusements. His view of society is a monument to impaired mental capacity and lack of judgment

HA! Markey probably slaped himslef in the head 59 times to come up with his stats.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 11:38 AM

Have no fear. This is just another in a long history of political "witch-hunts". Markey is no different than Tipper Gore trying to get Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue songs banned from radio back in the 80's.

Mr. Markey.......being a Massachusetts native myself, all I can say is you are an embarrassment to my home state!

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:15 PM
That's exactly the kind of stuff I'm gonna be doing when I am a journalist. She's cool! Wow, this was a good write up. I was getting mad while reading it because I was thinking of all the things she brought up. The media covers these things like a war's going on. I've got to meet this woman!

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I was asked to describe X in one word. The word? -- OhmygoshwhathaveIgottenmyselfintothisisthescariest
thingintheworldhelpmeIamgoingtodieAHHHH!!! *** This post was edited by haux on 5/30/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:15 PM

This is why the Journal is the only paper I subscribe to even though I'm a poor colege student and certainly have no investments at this point in time. The writing is miles ahead of anything else published nationally. It is one of the few papers in the country that actualy has its head screwed on straight (not straight up it's ass). Sadly the quality really has kinda fallen off seince 9/11, but being the journal I just expect them to be operating in a shell shocked position right now. Certainly they lost more friends and contacts than, say, the Times.

Plus it costs LESS than the god awful medina county gazette. Go figure, guess it pays to have a paper worth reading in terms of advertizing dollars.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:16 PM
Now you must understand the root of Mr.Markey's frevor...

It all started years ago on the Giant Coaster at Paragon Park in Hull Mass (now the relocated Wild One at SFA). A young boy (who shall remain nameless) was riding. Scared to death, he was trying his best to keep his head down so he could not see what was going on. During the turn around, the boy was shifted sharply to the left and then the coaster dropped. Struggling to recover, the boy was once again thrown around during the double dip off of the turn around drop. Sadly, when the train returned to the station, the ride operators found that somehow, during the course of the ride, the boy's head had some how been wedged... hmmm... how can I put it delicately... in an orifice in his postier regions. All efforts to remove his head form this part of his anatomy have been unsuccessful. However this has not adversely affected his quality of life as he is now a US congressman from his home state of Mass.


(thus ends the satire for the day)

*** This post was edited by SLFAKE on 5/30/2002. ***

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:20 PM
How refreshing. This woman has finally put into print what so many of us have been screaming for years.
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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:32 PM

Ha... the Medina County Gazette. I know that paper. I used to be in it all the time when I worked in the county seat.

I noticed something kind of creepy that I mentioned in my "Death and Destruction" editorial about a month before 9/11...


When there isn’t a war, a natural disaster or a world leader killed, you still need to put something on the air.


Sadly, I guess we've recovered enough that we're back on it.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:36 PM
as one of the 925,671 lawyers in America and someone who also loves coasters, I was appalled by the article....To use an example of a few cases to suggest that thousands of lawsuits are being filed against coasters is as irresponsible as using 58 cases of head injuries to state that coasters are inherently dangerous. but i guess as long as the article confirms your beliefs why should it matter that it is inflammatory as the stuff put out by those who seek to regulate coasters...ahh the hypocrisy

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:38 PM
It's about time that someone has come along and not only presented the facts in a mature and accurate manner, but has written with such satirical style that to contradict her point the way that opponents do only supports her even more. Kudos, Ms. Levey, and thanks for letting everyone know what we've known forever and some people just never will.

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Thursday, May 30, 2002 12:55 PM
Finally, some good press on coasters!

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