Opinion Line (July 4)

07/04/2014 12:00 AM

07/03/2014 5:25 PM

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I celebrate the Fourth of July by reading the Declaration, honoring the founders, contemplating what it took to gain our independence and remembering those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America. Shoot fireworks if you must; just remember what it is you’re celebrating.

I don’t understand people complaining about fireworks. I am 75 years old and love them. To me they are the sight and sound of our independence. I smile at night going to sleep listening to them.

Anybody who would complain about fireworks near and on the Fourth is a communist, Marxist or just plain anti-American. Go fight in a war and maybe you would understand why the Fourth is celebrated. You should be glad I don’t pop a few every time your dog barks.

Rather than allow neighbors incompetent in the use of fireworks to annoy and endanger us for weeks, I say we ban the sale and use of fireworks in the city limits and use the money that would have been spent on first responders for a free city-sponsored fireworks show over the river.

I don’t understand government. When thousands call in to complain about fireworks, to the extent that a separate phone number is established for those complaints and it happens year after year, the people responsible for enforcing the laws need to be replaced.

I have mixed emotions about all the rain. Water rates will surely get raised, but there’s less of a chance the idiot neighbor’s illegal fireworks will burn down my house.

If I had to do it over again, I would not have married on July 4.

Why is it that wealthy people don’t fly an American flag in their yards? American capitalism is what put the money in the bank for them, so why not be proud of it and fly a flag? Thanks, veterans, for keeping us free.

Beautiful pictures of bald eagles, one of the sterling emblems of America (July 2 Local & State). Those eagles helped me realize that America and Kansas will go on and on, even after certain Jayhawks are out of office.

I saw Music Theatre Wichita’s “West Side Story,” which was great. But I couldn’t stop thinking about how much the gang names could have been the Republicans and the Democrats – trying so hard to show who was the strongest just to save face, and most of them not understanding why.

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