After the smoke clears |

After the smoke clears

And so the fireworks are over; only the smoke remains and there’s not much of that. After reading today’s paper and seeing no reports of fireworks-related injuries, deaths, or other pyro-destruction, I would address the panic-stricken letter writers of last week who raved on about closing the fireworks stands and banning a centuries-old tradition: The unthinkable didn’t happen, did it?

To those who will continue to gripe about this kind of fun, I would remind them that those who sell legal incendiaries are, for the most part, nonprofit organizations who make a great portion of their money from this operation in order to continue their work, from which we all benefit.

As long as we treat these potentially dangerous devices with adult responsibility and maturity, I believe we can continue to freely celebrate our independence in the manner that inspired Frances Scott Key to write our Nation Anthem.

God Bless America.

T.D. Pittsford

Nevada City

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