I wanted to take a minute and respond to your comments in the most recent issue of Sport Rocketry, and let you know that I cannot agree with you more!
I've never understood the folks who disparage the type of rocketry someone else chooses to participate in, just because it doesn't interest them. If it makes 'em happy, it's legal, and they do it safely, then more power to them!
In our club, we have members who fly only low power, members who fly only high power, and lots of us who fly across the gamut. Much of what I do, myself, is high power. Yet the most fun I have launching rockets is when I take my 7 year old son out, and the two of us fly his rockets. At the age of 5, he already knew how to put a rocket on the pad, and hook up the igniter leads. It's hard to beat watching his excitement as he counts down, pushes the button, then goes chasing after the rocket.
It's on par with the level of excitement we saw with some of the teams at SLI, which is why I'm so committed to that program.
Anyway, your comments were dead-on, and I hope they bring a few folks around to showing a bit more tolerance of the participation of others.