Fireworks or bust

To the Editor: You hit the nail on the head. I have been to Grand Haven for vacation the past two years. It is the best place for me, a single dad, and my children and their friends.
May 29, 2013


We stay at the state park and enjoy the beach. I don't worry about drunks, dopers or riff-raff. 

For me, my kids and their friends, Grand Haven is our "grand haven."

We enjoy it all: The Dee-Lite for breakfast, Tip-A-Few for a wet burrito, Ray's for a cheeseburger, Pronto Pup, the VFW, Coast Guard, Pierside and "Trolleyman" (my son, Christian, who enjoys the trolley), and all the great people of Grand Haven.

We are scheduled to arrive July 2. We arranged our schedules because we wanted to spend the Fourth of July with some great Americans who appreciate our country, its freedom and liberty. I want to see the fireworks. I want to be reminded of those first veterans who gave me a country, and remind my children and their friends of those veterans who gave them a country.

I am sorry to hear about the Jaycees and the missing funds, but there is not much I can do about that. If the fireworks are absent on July 4, I am left only to cancel my reservations and stay in St. Louis.

If you are not going to have the fireworks, please e-mail me so I can cancel my reservations and make alternate arrangements. I am not certain what I will do, but I know I won't be looking to join the Jaycees.

— Steve Milla/Ellisville, Mo.


Fireworks or bust

No threats here...hollow or otherwise. Again, a generalization, putting the blame on the good tourists. You simply want to take their money and then berate them. $25...really? An average family of four spends an easy $250 a day minimum. And those monies help support your town all year long. So why single out the good tourists? I can only guess it is because they forbid you to wave or talk to your neighbors while they are there. The tourist police are out there forcing you not to communicate with friends and neighbors. And I thought I heard it all. Face hate tourists.


For all you tourist haters. I bet GH businesses, hotels, restaurants, waiters, waitresses, Lemon Creek Wine tasting event and local florists, among other businesses we supported, didn't hate tourists when we were there for a weekend with our family and friends this past March. It just happened to be Girlfriends Weekend in GH when we were there. We weren't aware of that when we came and local businesses were offering discounts and special promotions. Lemon Creek Winery had a nice wine tasting event. We bought several bottles of wine there for gifts. We shopped in town and ate at all the local restaurants. I am sure the waiters and waitresses liked us as I believe in tipping above and beyond because I know those people work hard and rely on tips and not their wages for their pay. Everyone in GH was helpful and friendly.
I am embassed that out of state folks had to see the Michigander attitudes displayed on these posts. You don't know how much Michigan relies on tourism. There are many vacation rentals in GH. Ask the people who rent them out if they want to stop renting. Probably is there income.
"Say No.." Why don't you stop stereotyping and look at all the positive tourists bring to GH or any tourism town. I agree it gets crazy there during July 4 and Coast Guard, so I try to stay away at those times.
You used very brutal and mean sarcastic words. Try being kind for a day, things could be worse in your life than just a few rude tourists or college rif raf that come to your town. Trust me.



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