In today's Pueblo Chieftain (the local news paper) an article ran with the heading: "Rafting accident raises safety issues for city". In the article the kid's brother suggests putting up gates to keep kids out and the president of the city council raises the question of fencing off the entire park. The mother is quoted as saying, and I'm not joking: "the kayak course is basically a place for spawning death for children who are impoverished", saying that the park "caters to higher-income enthusiasts rather than average Puebloans".
I know emotions are high and most of this can probably be attributed to that fact. Most likely this whole issue will blow over in a week or two, but we should all keep an eye on how this is handled. The people of Pueblo will need to hear the other side of the story before too many people jump on this bandwagon.
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