I hope that communities across Iowa will stand together to ban the use of fireworks.
Aside from the obvious dangers — risk of personal injury, damage to personal or public property, noise and air pollution, nuisance to pets-infants and others — our sidewalks and streets are littered with the remains of discharged fireworks which hardly reflects or promotes civic responsibility. And each day and night it’s as if we are living in a war zone with the ongoing sound from exploding fireworks.
It seems as if many people have forgotten about the true spirit of this holiday: our country gained its freedom and independence on July 4 in 1776. Bells rang in Philadelphia announcing this historic event. No where in the Declaration of Independence is there any mention of the use of fireworks to commemorate this historic occasion.
As for New Year’s Eve, it’s not known at this time whether or not our state’s lawmakers will reverse this tragic decision to allow the use of fireworks but regardless, we can demonstrate our respect for all by taking steps to ban future use of fireworks.
Aside from the risk factors, it’s a shame to witness the dollars being burned. Think about the impact the dollars spent on fireworks could make if instead were put toward nonprofit organizations or random acts of kindness. Society as a whole surely would profit more from these acts of generosity rather than the few moments of selfish indulgence gained from the purchase of and use of fireworks.
Lena Gebotszrajber Gilbert