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January 26, 2015

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letter to the editor:

Poison of fireworks not worth the fun

The time has come to ban the open sale of fireworks and only have them at organized events put on by professionals. Many towns, cities and other municipalities are banning them.

Fireworks poison our environment, burn and injure children and others, set unintentional fires and cause many pets to panic and run away. Animal control and the shelters receive many of these animals hoping people will come to claim them. Not all are turned in and end up in far worse situations.

Fireworks can be seen and heard for days before July 4 and after. There are too many reasons not to do the right thing for people, pets and our environment. Animal control, firefighters and people who never get their pets back will thank you. Fireworks are out of control and something needs to be done.

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  1. Fireworks are synonymous for July 4th celebration. Many localities have eliminated and/or reduced fireworks displays due to the costs, not the safety. Having a grandfather who lost his hand in a fireworks' accident, I understand the safety issues. But, I wouldn't deprive others, who are inclined, of their celebrations.

    Carmine D

  2. Although the sentiments and desires of the writer are very well intentioned, it will fall upon deaf ears across the country. The greatest danger to human beings is the humans themselves!

    Having said that, there is no law against being crazy or stupid. And acts performed while in the state of being either crazy or stupid seem to be the most aggregious, and fail the "common sense" tests.

    The best one can do is be personally responsible, and if possible, watch and care for others around one's self. That, in itself, will save some great grief. And there are responsible people everywhere we go, so have faith and also be proactive!

    Have a wonderful 4th of July everyone!
    Blessings and Peace,