Letter: Band together to oppose fireworks

Before former Gov. Terry Branstad left for China he signed the bill that made it possible for out-of-state vendors to come into Iowa and sell what are considered to be consumer-grade fireworks, which are made in China.

The overabundant access to these fireworks has increased the use to a terribly high volume. If you have been negatively impacted by these Chinese inventions and would like this bill repealed, contact the politicians who were elected to represent you in the Iowa House and Senate. Contact your municipal officials who have control over the number of days and hours of ignition. Contact the establishments allowing vendors to pitch tents on their property.

Those you challenge might try to justify the sale of the fireworks, stating what noble endeavors are being accomplished with the aid of the revenue generated. You might be told that your reason for objecting to the passage of the bill is held by few, and you’re in a minority group.

Each one of us who opposes the sale of fireworks in our state might have a different reason or reasons for doing so, but when we band together as an opposition group, we become a majority. If the bill isn’t repealed before next Independence Day, insist this issue be included in the next election campaign. You have the same right to speak and be heard as those who are so blind they will not see.

Charlotte Briggs


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