Opinion

No more government meddling

Regarding the cities of Sammamish, Carnation and North Bend and Eastside Fire and Rescue's call to ban all fireworks: We should take notice and urge our elected officials to stop saving us from ourselves. This is a knee-jerk decision based on a few unfortunate people suffering losses this unusually dry year at the hands of a minority of irresponsible people.

Don't get me wrong. I don't want anyone's house to be burned to the ground or anyone to be injured by some idiot shooting off fireworks, but it is wrong to take away something that thousands of Eastside residents enjoy and use properly every Independence Day. Because a few people are irresponsible, we all have to have something we enjoy taken away at the hands of our government. I hate the idea that my house may be destroyed by someone else who is careless. But because of that risk, should we ban everything altogether?

Most people are smart enough and cautious enough to continue the American tradition of setting off their own fireworks on the Fourth. The argument that professional shows are all we should attend rings hollow. The excitement and the celebration of lighting your own fireworks cannot be duplicated at a professional show. The experience is different. Non-profit organizations benefit from the sales of legal fireworks. Now we may not have a choice.

I admire the people of Eastside Fire and Rescue. Some are my personal friends. They are talented, dedicated, and I admire their willingness to choose an occupation that is dangerous to benefit countless others. They risk their lives to save our property and lives. I am sure they have seen some terrible, disastrous accidents due to some people using fireworks irresponsibly. I understand their plea to ban all fireworks. It is a simple solution. But there is no such thing as a no-risk life. What should be taken away next to eliminate any risk of property fires? Candles? Campfires? Smoking?

We should all be aware of the slow, yet methodical pace at which the government is taking away our freedoms under the universally desired reasoning of safety and protection. I mean who can argue with that? I want to be safe and protected. But I do not see any reason to ban all fireworks because of the misuse by a few, coupled with an unusually dry year. Many years, it is wet or raining on the Fourth.

If the past is any indication, we will all just let this pass and quietly let our government take away another freedom while we get along in our busy lives.


Sean Donnelly

North Bend

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