Letter: We want our old neighborhood back
To the metro area: You are now experiencing what it is like to have a war zone outside your bedroom window.
This disaster has been in the making for at least three years thanks to our state legislature. Did you contact your representative in Des Moines to voice your objection to legalizing fireworks in Iowa? Did you contact your city council to ban fireworks in your town? Did you go before the city council to ask them to ban fireworks in your town? My guess is no to all of the above.
If everyone in the silent majority now complaining about the loss of our quality of life would have spoken out we would not be where we are today.
But now is an opportunity to correct some of the mistakes. At the local level, everyone contact your city council and encourage them to get together with the other metro councils and put together a uniform ban on fireworks in the metro area. Not a limit on usage, but a total ban on fireworks in the metro area.
Encourage your metro councils to reach out to other communities in the state to reverse the fireworks law. Or at least amend it to allow cities self-rule to ban the sale of fireworks within city limits.
This is not just a onetime thing. This needs to be a constant reminder to our city councils that we want our old neighborhoods back.