Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Fourth of July

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
30th

COUNTY: Bad decision on Anderson Island ferry

I’m trying to understand how bureaucrats can make decisions they believe to be logical, but to the rest of us make no sense at all.

Why would you drydock a ferry boat at the most crucial, busiest weekend of the year? Even with two ferries in service it can be quite a wait getting to Anderson Island on the Fourth of July weekend. This year the annual salmon bake, a major community event on the island, coincides with very heavy midday Saturday holiday traffic to and from Anderson Island.

I can’t wait to see the traffic back-ups. If the ferry

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July
7th

JULY 4: Seek out real meaning of the Fourth

Thanks for the excellent opinion pieces in the Fourth of July edition of the paper. I appreciated the article by John Crisp that suggested family activities on the Fourth (TNT, 7-4).

On a deeper level, though, how do we fully venerate – and tease out – the real meaning of our hard-won freedoms from the wide-ranging activities that occur on Independence Day? Perhaps The News Tribune could publish a catalog of “activities that teach” on that day each year. To the terrific ideas given by Crisp I would add three more:

• Share a quiz about the Constitution on

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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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July
4th

EQUALITY: The Declaration is a liberal document

I read Michael Gerson’s paean (TNT, 7-4) to the Declaration of Independence with bemusement. All he writes is absolutely correct, yet the biting irony is that this conservative writer entirely ignores the gorilla in the room. The “philosophical statement” that Thomas Jefferson injected into the Declaration is a searing liberal proclamation, slapping the face of conservative ideology, then and now.

That all men are created Equal, and divinely entitled to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness remain the elusive goals of liberal ideology, while conservatives continue to resist the manifestation of these ideals every step of the way,

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July
4th

FOURTH: Fireworks = animal cruelty

Fireworks is animal cruelty and abusive.

I just made everyone mad, didn’t I? Stop and think about it for moment please. Outside animals (both wild and free) have nowhere to run and hide when the whole world around them is exploding with extremely loud explosions and popping lights. All of a sudden they are in the middle of a war zone, and they don’t understand why or when it will end.

Even inside animals are affected because they can feel and see what is going on around them, especially with dangerous idiots who blow up the illegal and loudest works

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