Letters to the Editor

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Tag: july 4

July
2nd

FIREWORKS: Morons disturb the neighborhood

I would like to tell the morons who are setting off the really loud booming fireworks that every time they do that between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. they wake up my autistic son. It usually takes an hour to get him back to sleep. Thanks for putting your foolish fun ahead of everyone else in the neighborhood. Morons.

July
2nd

FIREWORKS: Council members were derelict

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

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July
2nd

JULY 4: Are Americans really free?

I noticed, with some chagrin, the use of the word “freedom” at the top of your story about the July 4 fair on Ruston Way (7-2).

Freedom is a word Americans use very loosely around this time of year, mostly meaning we’re free to get drunk and light off dangerous pyrotechnics.

But let us pause and remember that most of the people who signed the Declaration of Independence owned slaves. I wonder what freedom meant to them?

Then let us remember the indigenous people of North America, whom we slaughtered and put on reservations. I wonder what freedom meant to

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July
2nd

JULY 4: Let’s show some true patriotism

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

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