Archive for Friday, July 8, 2005

Love of liberty

July 8, 2005


To the editor:

I hear the illegal fireworks while weeding my garden, and I am grateful. I could never enforce the ban on the celebration of liberty that my city has imposed upon its citizens.

Even remembering the bottle rocket whizzing by my head two years ago, I find in my heart a gratefulness. I cherish the civil disobedience.

This Fourth of July, I think of liberty and of personal choice and I think of Lawrence. I was once told by someone that Lawrence was a liberal stronghold and that liberals will take away my liberty.

I know now that both conservatives and liberals will take away my liberty, whether it is the right to an abortion, the right to my sexual preference, the right to open a smoking establishment or the right to shoot fireworks.

I love liberty. Leaders of Lawrence, do you?

T. Ryan O'Leary,



mefirst 12 years, 10 months ago

I sided with the City Commissioners on the fireworks ban after three years ago, witnessing a teenaged, pyromaniac neighbor kid shoot bottle rockets from the roof of his house into neighboring yards (and onto the roof of a neighbor's home). After scolding him, I remember thinking, "why don't they ban those things!"

The celebration of liberty is best exercised through community involvement, awareness of current events and the issues facing our communities and our country, and activism. Shooting off fireworks is yet another example of what's wrong with this country...lots of pointless whizzing and banging. I never understood how shooting fireworks translates to freedom.

craigers 12 years, 10 months ago

Bottle rockets were illegal before the ban on all fireworks was in place. Those are dangerous and with anything, there are going to be people that are wreckless, but does that mean nobody should be able to shoot off fireworks? It is a celebration with noise and flashing lights. This is a celebration that the kids can enjoy, too. Let them have some fun and teach them to be careful, not obnoxious like the teenager that you mentioned.

Becky 12 years, 10 months ago

Yes it seems that all fun needs to be stopped in Lawrence for the safety of all those people that can not think. City Commissioners do not need to be my mommie. I already have one.

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