To the editor:
My husband and I have lived in North Lawrence for seven years. This year was by far the worst Fourth of July experience. Last night was the first night we were able to get a full night’s sleep and that was July 6. The fireworks have been ongoing for a week and, for three days around the actual holiday, the noise was unbelievable!
I didn’t bother to call the police because I didn’t think it would do any good. You have only to look at the streets where the debris is strewn on the pavement and left untouched to see where all the activity took place. What is going on here with all the illegal activity that goes unnoticed and allowed year after year? This goes beyond breaking the law and disturbing the peace; this sets neighbor against neighbor in a way that is unhealthy and volatile! If only one ticket was issued for the illegal use of fireworks, why can’t the issue of unruly conduct, littering or disturbing the peace be addressed?
If we were to leave every year to get away from all the noise and misconduct we would leave our property at risk to vandalism and possible damage by fire. You most likely wonder why we don’t just move to another part of town? It isn’t fair that we should have to disrupt our lives and our finances to escape a poorly run city and its excuses for not providing better law enforcement. Leaving our neighborhood is not the answer. Leaving a city that cannot provide a safe, secure environment for its citizens is!