Two names are high in my thoughts: Coralville and Cedar Rapids City Council member Scott Olson. Coralville for voting to disallow fireworks in their city, and Olson for saying, in effect, “Are you guys crazy?” to the city council members who voted yes.
I must agree with the many other letter writers contacting The Gazette. The fireworks are often many and obviously getting worse. They started before the designated date, and will no doubt continue well afterward. I truly empathize with those highly susceptible folks who must withstand the noise and loud surprises. Also, dog owners and babies, of course, but mostly our veterans who suffer from PTSD. For them, it’s simply not fair. We are seeing not only an increase in explosive noises each day, but stupid things happening, too, such as kids that do drive-by throw ‘em out the window tricks with multiple firecrackers as they peel their cars away (imagine their hurt if they should forget to roll down their window first). Then there are those who hold sky rockets in their bare hands and lose four fingers, as was mentioned in The Gazette.
Places that sell fireworks survived just fine before this summer and would continue to survive if the City Council would reconsider their votes. Come on, Cedar Rapids, fireworks were bad enough before it was legal. Let’s call this new law a bad one and rescind legal fireworks.
Robert C. Moorman