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FIREWORKS: Council members were derelict

Letter by John W. Shoaf, Puyallup on July 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm | 2 Comments »
July 2, 2012 2:13 pm

As election time draws near, it is time to reflect on the Pierce County Council’s vote last February regarding restrictions on the use of fireworks.

The proposal as presented would have reduced the number of days to legally use fireworks. The only council member to vote for this measure was Dick Muri. Dan Roach was conveniently absent, and all the others voted to allow the unrestricted and uncontrolled use of fireworks. Roger Bush said that such a law would be “unenforceable.”

Muri is to be commended for his vote and his willingness to defy the financial interests that support the unencumbered sale of these noisemakers. As a pet owner, I’ve seen my dog year after year being forced to hide out for days at a time in a bathroom or anywhere she can find some peace.

The noise started in my neighborhood on June 29 and will continue through the second week of July. There are people out here who couldn’t care less about their neighbors, pets and wildlife. They are the type who put out lawn chairs, tables and beer coolers and proceed to wreak havoc on all who live within earshot. They are easily recognizable as the type of person you would not want your daughter to marry.

Come election time I will remember who voted to allow this mayhem to continue. I hope that all common-sense voters will do the same. Unenforceable? Indeed!

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