OUR VIEWS: Let the firecrackers fly

Jun 11, 2012


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 news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.




Do you honestly believe that fireworks users will be respectful of their neighbors or anyone else within an earshot? HA! This article reads like it was written by a 9th grader.


That's an insult to 9th graders.


I, personally, appreciate the article.
Great points of "big brother", respecting others, and appreciating our freedoms and excercising them.
Thank you!

No One Special

Are you serious? Being given the right to set-off fireworks does nothing to promote freedom. C'mon! If you really want to promote the cause of true freedom, and protect us from Big Brother, why don't you oppose socialism/marxism, gun control, free speech zones, sharia law, seat belt laws, czars in the White House, Patriot Act, police brutality, legislators who don't read Bills before they vote, giving away sovereign US land (Alaskan islands) to the Russians and military secrets to the Chinese, etc, etc. etc.?


If you have ever witnessed the damage a bottle rocket can do to someones face you know how horribly dangerous they can be. People who are hurt by fireworks are usually children and teenagers. Instead of ranting about big brother and making light of blowing off a finger, maybe this article could have been written with more maturity.........like cautioning people to be careful and listing ways to keep your children safe.


Maybe parents can be parents and tell their kids not to shoot off fireworks, remember mamma, its still illegal if the kids are under 18......


Why add modifiers to the new law that we have already in place to help control? Our communities already have disturbing the peace, noise restrictions, and others that could be used to help limit the inappropriate use of LEGAL fireworks. Let's enforce laws we already have before we start adding new.


Our state lawmakers have lost their collective minds lately. First they say you can ride a motorcycle with no helmet and now they are allowing anyone to buy previously prohibited fireworks. Some times you have to protect people from themselves. Also, all of us have the potential to suffer from increased insurance cost due to greater risk of injury and possibly fires from some people's irresponsibility. I will say the thing that bothers me the most out of all of this is the fact most people have no courtesy to their neighbors and will shoot this stuff off at all hours of the night without consideration to others need for sleep. I cannot even believe the tribune put this as an "our views" article. People harp all the time about "freedoms", well if you want complete freedom realize you are begging for anarchy.


Maybe they're passing laws to weed out the stupid? That's the only thing I can think of.


I love shooting off fireworks! Great article. Comments show the type of people living here, ignorant. A need to have Big Brother watching over us because we can't do it right ourselves? I wish you all lived next door to ME!


what he said! This is America, if you don't like it...leave! If you can't handle it for 3 days (day before, during, and day after a holiday) then you need some help.


what he said! This is America, if you don't like it...leave! If you can't handle it for 3 days (day before, during, and day after a holiday) then you need some help.


I agree!!!!!!


Who cares if someone wants to take the risk...my only complaint is most people who shoot off fireworks are very disrespectful of their neighbors. Our family has small children, and having loud fireworks going off past 1AM, waking up and scaring our small children in our relatively dense residential neighborhood is very annoying.

Blow your hands off if you want, just please bring them out to a rural area where you won't be bothering anyone.


I don't mind fireworks going off around a holiday, or even throughout Coast Guard week, but lately my neighbors have been shooting them off every day and at random hours--yesterday, firecrackers were popping at 9:30 in the morning! All I ask is that they be respectful. Bottle rockets don't need to be shot toward my house, and I don't need to wake up at 4am to a loud boom.

Skeptic Trucker

The only problem I have with this is the danger of fire during dry periods. The local fire departments need to have the ability to stop use in dangerous areas like the DNR and campfires in the national forests.


Alright!! Time to buy a load of firecrackers and let 'em fly (legally this time)!!!!


The bus had just arrived at the library when the alarm went off, said Tamara Bethke, a student intern from Grand Valley State University and a classroom assistant.-Dr. Paul Perito


It looks nice and wonderful. I think they really spend some for this. But it is really worth it. I hope I can witness like this next. - Mercy Ministries


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