Bomb-like blasts not part of holiday

It’s that time of year again. Approaching the Fourth of July, the “fireworks” are already beginning. Forgive me, but in my patriotism and my 20 years of service to my country, I was under the impression that fireworks are supposed to celebrate our freedom and independence on our Independence Day.

Instead, I am beginning to hear random booms that more resemble dynamite or perhaps someone blasting a new pass through the Cascades. These people are not celebrating the Fourth. They have no concern for the real meaning of the holiday. Perhaps they are “just” kids playing with dangerous near-weapons. Here in the Three Lakes area east of Snohomish, it is happening every night. A neighbor’s dog has already run away, afraid of the noise. He has not been found yet. My dog has to be put on tranquilizers because she shakes and cowers under the furniture for two hours following someone’s “fun.” These people are inconsiderate, irritating idiots. I’ll say it again. They’re idiots.

It’s time to stop the illegal fireworks. It’s also time to stop all fireworks except for public displays on the Fourth of July. Not just for animals, but for the safety of our homes and the reason many of us live in rural areas – the peacefulness.

Roger Hotelling


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