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FIREWORKS: This is how we celebrate freedom?

Letter by Kathy A. Walling, La Center on July 6, 2012 at 9:24 am | 47 Comments »
July 6, 2012 11:29 am

Our freedom comes with the high cost of blood and treasure; must our celebration of freedom also come with the cost of suffering? Must we blow things up to celebrate freedom? Must explosions of fireworks, as in war, frighten masses of people and animals and in some cases kill?

Do we not have the right to maintain the safety of our homes and property? It seems not. It appears the lighting of fireworks takes precedence over the safety of property, homes, health, pets, livestock and wildlife.

To those who feel they can’t celebrate freedom without blowing things up, save that money and donate to the USO and give a soldier minutes on a calling card to call loved ones. Put your money towards the freedom fighters. Celebrate freedom by voting. Volunteer at a veterans hospital. Use your freedom of speech to read to a student or your child. Get involved in local government.

And to charities: Make money with a conscience. Good deeds will not balance out your charity sheet from the sales of a product that causes so much harm.

To those lighting fireworks, who say they have the right to do so, I say they do not have the right to endanger property and the lives of others. It’s time to ban personal fireworks.

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