Re: the letter writer who claimed that people who complain about fireworks are just whiners (TNT, 7-13).
I have come to dread what was once one of my favorite holidays because every year the bombardment lasts longer and the explosions are louder.
An editorial (7-6) pointed out that M80s are used by the military to simulate artillery fire. Although the blasts don’t bother me that much, they terrorize family pets, birds and other wildlife; that does bother me.
Pets and wildlife animals don’t know that those loud booms are not going to kill them. They are no less terrified than the letter writer would be if he and his family had to live in the middle of an artillery battle for a week or two every year.
So count me in as a whiner if that means that I feel sorry for the defenseless animals that have to live in fear every year at this time.