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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Try fireworks with no noise

To the editor:

Personally, I like fireworks. The colors always amaze me. The spectacle of fire in the sky excites me. The beauty of the aerial displays thrill me. I invariably watch at least some form of firework display. It’s good fun!

And it is hard to believe that fireworks set off over Mutiny Bay or Holmes Harbor can be a threat to property owners, or result in damage to neighboring homes. The community party on July 3 at Freeland Park with the fireworks finale is always delightful, and I believe much care is given to provide a safe and happy event.

And yet, I can’t help but sympathize with military veterans every time a bomb goes off in the sky or a rocket screams all the way down to earth.

It must make them remember those terrible times when they were cowering in their trenches waiting for the next explosion, or the next hellish screams of the wounded crying for help. When the sky is lit up like successive blasts of lightning, it surely makes our soldiers think of the magnesium flares at the front, when the night battlefield became day, and the order was given to advance. Or worse, lying in bed and hearing the tremendous noise from the illegal gigantic noisemakers, and thinking about a buddy who just lost an arm or a leg, and another who lost his life.

And I sympathize too with animal owners, and their pets. It must be heartbreaking to witness a dog scared out of its wits, shaking with fright each time a new firecracker erupts. Trying to calm a distraught animal when the sky is a constant thunder of explosions is hard on owners and pets alike.

If there was a way to restrict fireworks to seeing the beauty of the colors without the assault on the ears, I would vote for that. But there isn’t. So I think, in deference to war veterans and animal owners, we should take a stand and ban all private firework displays. Then we should limit the public, approved, licensed displays to those that give us the beauty of colorful spectacles without the deafening racket.

Geoff Hornsby


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