For generations prior no legislature broached this subject, this non-issue. Now the killjoy, all-protector babyboomer generation, who lost their fathers in WWII and Korea and brothers and friends in Vietnam, arrives and begins afflicting upon the body of our laws their generation's unresolved sense of loss by regulating every picayune risk to life and limb in Michigan.
Oliver Cromwell said it best 350 years ago, "Your pretended fear lest error should step in is like the man who would keep all wine out of the country lest men should be drunk. It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon a supposition he may abuse it. When he doth abuse it, judge."
The state should continue to have no interest in whether I jump off the Grand Haven pier up to the point where I call or signal for rescue or drop forever below the waves and the government responds with assistance or recovery. The state should seek just compensation for its full or partial costs in assisting me only when they render aid. Prior to that point, the state should keep its citation book close and leave the citizenry and tourists free to enjoy the pier and lake as we have in the past. I look forward to the day when Generation X takes the reins and frees this state to have fun again and lets the public reap what private joy they may take from public facilities and correspondingly bear the burden of misjudgments. Our current Democracy for Mediocracy in Lansing should curb its meddlesome ways.