To the editor:
I applaud Ms. Sinclair, the Journal-World reader, who wants to start a grassroots campaign to ban the use of fireworks in Lawrence. After these past few days, I'm ready to sign on.
How many more injured kids and pets and damaged property will it take for our city commissioners to ban this dangerous, peace-shattering, air-polluting entertainment? If people want to demonstrate their patriotism, let them proudly display the flag does ANYONE remember this quaint practice anymore? and watch the fireworks provided by the Jaycees who work so hard each year to provide a great show.
Newer members of the city commission may be unfamiliar with city ordinance 6088, passed in 1990, Section IIa which states: "It shall be unlawful for any person to make, continue, maintain or cause to be made or continue any excessive, unreasonable or unusually loud noise which disturbs, injures, endangers the repose, health, peace or safety of other people of ordinary sensitivity within the vicinity of the noise."
Nowhere does it state, "except on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July."
Other communities have gotten the message; why can't we?