With the tragic loss of life that our Gulf of Mexico undergoes this year, I invite true American patriots to refrain from celebrating via the use of pyrotechnics, especially along our streams, rivers and bays.
We know fireworks torture our domestic animals as well as wildlife and marine species. In respect for the creatures of the Gulf, let us use the symbolism of the Fourth of July to mark our independence from selfish traditions that disregard life.
Let us show some restraint and honor the beauty of sea turtles, dolphins, pelicans, verdant estuaries and clean beaches. Or at least they …