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July
7th

FIREWORKS: Puyallup should pass a ban

As I stood in my yard on July 4, watering down my house and yard to prevent a fire from the fireworks being lit from drunken neighbors, it occurred to me why Puyallup did not ban fireworks even though the heat alone is dangerous.

It is all about the changing of money from hand to hand. That’s all.

You would be a fool to think people actually give one thought about independence. So what if my home caught fire? That’s my problem.

I wonder how long the fire department would have taken? I heard sirens all night long. It would be money

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July
7th

FIREWORKS: Tacoma fails to enforce its ban

Another Fourth of July has gone by with no enforcement of the fireworks ban in the City of Tacoma. I understand our police have plenty to do, and realize the blame for this lies solely on administrators, the City Council, and the mayor’s office for failing to make it possible for the police to have the manpower to enforce a law.

How about a neighborhood snitch program? A clear picture of the offender, or video, with an address is evidence enough to issue a fine. The current fine is $257 for fireworks violation; why not kick back 10 percent to the “snitch” when

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July
3rd

FIREWORKS: City makes it easy to set fires

A huge rant to the City of University Place for allowing fireworks of any kind within the city limits. Not only are they allowed but actually encouraged since various organizations have stands throughout the city.

Many other cities across Washington have recognized tinder-dry conditions and banned the sale of fireworks. Granted, people can always go to tribal reservations and purchase illegal fireworks, but why make it easy to get any at all? Even a tiny sparkler can cause a fire that has the capability of ruining lives.

This year, with the horribly dry conditions, the fireworks are better left to

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June
29th

FIREWORKS: Time for county to ban personal use

Well here we are again, folks. It’s the time of the year when a few of our irresponsible citizens circumvent the rights of their neighbors and launch banned rockets into the sky.

Let me make myself clear: I don’t want limit their right to have fun, I just want my right to have a peaceful existence. I don’t want my home burned to the ground, I don’t want my pet to be cowering in fear, I don’t want any of our brave military heroes that may be suffering from PTSD to be adversely affected and I surely do not want our

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June
29th

FIREWORKS: Why are they allowed at all in UPlace?

Re: “It’s too dry to allow (fireworks) this year” (letter, 6-27).

After reading this letter about the ban on burning in Pierce County, I wonder why University Place allow fireworks at all. Neighboring cities - Tacoma, Fircrest and Steilacoom – do not allow them.

We sit in our patio on the Fourth with our garden hoses, waiting for a spark to come. One tree and we are all living in the Curtis gym.

Seattle has already had a few fireworks fires to date. Help, folks

June
25th

FIREWORKS: It’s too dry to allow them this year

We now have a ban on fire burning in Pierce County. Can someone tell me why fireworks are still allowed? They cause fires every year, especially in close neighborhoods like ours.

While our neighbors are enjoying setting off the fireworks, particularly those purchased from the Indian reservations, the rest of us are keeping watch that nothing begins to burn.

With all the information in the newspapers and on television about what a dangerous year this will be, with record heat and dry land, it seems obvious that an extra step of care is warranted.

July
7th

FIREWORKS: Don’t provide free publicity

Each year, The News Tribune reminds Tacoma residents regarding the consequences for illegal fireworks use. Yet each year, the TNT also features one or more operating tribal fireworks stands in the morning news.

These articles pander to the tribes and provide free advertising for illegal fireworks. They also serve to encourage the havoc that occurs each year in otherwise peaceful neighborhoods.

While I truly enjoy the organized fireworks displays, I detest the actions of the selfish few who claim the right to trample on my rights so they can celebrate “freedom” and their pride in the United States.

For the

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