People want to sleep
Perhaps I am getting old; perhaps it’s because my wife and I now have a newborn. Whatever the reason, I feel there should be a curfew for shooting off fireworks. And if there already is one, where are the officials to enforce it? Couldn’t this be considered “disturbing the peace”?
On the evening of the Fourth, inconsiderate people in our neighborhood were still setting off their explosives at 11:55 p.m., as were others in other neighborhoods I’m sure.
I am all about celebrating our freedom. Losing our residence to a fire in 2003 as the result of a bottle rocket onto our wood roof has soured us on celebrating this holiday like others do.
Still, we don’t like to be Scrooges. I just feel that adults should exercise some common courtesy when allowing their kids to detonate firecrackers (or doing it themselves) after 10 or 10:30 p.m. They have had all day long to light the loud firecrackers, and have had almost two hours to light the colorful ones.
These people should understand that there are elderly folks and people with young children living all around them who are being awakened at almost midnight because they haven’t quite blown up enough stuff.
How did tradition start?
What kind of society do we live in where we intentionally pollute the environment and scare people and animals with explosives? And why don’t people respect their neighbors any more? Who in their right mind shoots off fireworks within a neighborhood? Especially bottle rockets? How stupid are people? Is this how we honor our country — by blowing it up? Who made up this tradition anyway? Wake up, people!
Great view closed down
How stunned I was on the evening of the Fourth at the Liberty Memorial. Patriotic American citizens were parked in the west mall parking lot to observe the panoramic view of fireworks being displayed on the beautiful horizon west of the Liberty Mall. Then to my dismay, a security patrolwoman drove through the lot around 9:30 p.m. instructing these citizens to leave.
“There is no fireworks display here tonight,” she said, “and I am closing up the property.”
Whose “property” is it anyway? I thought it belonged to the citizenry. And of all nights to deny Americans the ability to observe the patriotic display that was occurring.
The patrol woman said she was instructed by the director of public relations to do this unenviable task. How un-American can you get? The Liberty Memorial staff should, in my humble American opinion, accommodate the citizenry on the occasion of celebration of our Day of Independence.
I would suggest that perhaps a new public relations person be hired who knows what the title means, if indeed this person was responsible for this decision. I’m appalled!