Thank you, Tony Oddo, for speaking out and starting a community conversation about rethinking our celebration of the Fourth of July. It surely does not start two weeks prior and two weeks after the holiday.
I am concerned about the effects of these illegal activities as well. I am also concerned about those with PTSD, the elderly living alone and the hawks in my area who had nests in the very same trees that people shot these fireworks towards. Let us not forget the many who are recovering from heart surgery, or in my case, the neighbor who was reaching the end of his life and died the day after.
I have some questions for our community to continue to ponder: Do these people even know what the Fourth of July represents? Did they display a flag the two weeks before and the two weeks after? Do they know the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” — those famous words written by Francis Scott Key that are so powerful? Did they think of others when they set them off? What part of the household budget went to these fireworks? Is that really a good investment?
Good old-fashioned values and behaviors are the best teaching tools. We are in the middle of a drought and we allow fireworks? That boggles my mind. One fireworks booth received phony $20 bills — how does that work for fundraising?
Our Fourth of July fireworks at Lodi Lake can be see throughout the city safely. Hey, how about packing up your family with a picnic or snack, gather at the local parking lot, meet people and wear red, white and blue, and watch a magnificent display done by professionals and relax and be grateful for patriotism and bravery?