s they’d like. Fireworks are synonymous with patriotism, and have been since Americans began singing the Star Spangled Banner, and likely prior to that. Being free is part of patriotism, as is being free to raise some star spangled banners and watch rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air. Too often, government places laws and restrictions upon the people. Legislators mistakenly, at times, take on the role of big brother, making sure that people don’t harm themselves, others, or the state. We’re glad that the state has gotten over it when it comes to firework bans. Now we just hope that local municipalities don’t step right back into that role and restrict local folks from enjoying their festivities. Life is risk. We could get hit by a bus (or a trolley) tomorrow. Or we could blow our finger off with a firecracker. But, in the end, people’s fingers are their business. Our only request of those seeking to unleash a flurry of snap, crackle and pops is that you be courteous to your neighbors. Please don’t set any houses on fire, and don’t have nonstop fireworks at all hours of the day and night. Keep it within reason. Now we’ll see how much our local governing bodies trust us to do just that. We ask that they please allow the fireworks to fly o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Kevin Collier and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to email@example.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.