Holiday is not just about making noise

What the 4th of July means to me: It is a day to remember the brave men who had the courage to fight for freedom from the tyranny of Great Britain. They fought against the superior weapons of the British so they could be free. Some of them gave their lives in their pursuit of liberty.

In my opinion, some Americans do not reflect on the sacrifices of our forefathers at all. In my opinion, based on what I see and hear a minority of people, according to poll reported in The News-Enterprise, just want to see how high and how loud they can get with their firecrackers. Probably, a lot of these people are on welfare and don’t have to go to work the next day.

You might ask, why do I care? When it is next door to me, I care a lot because I cannot sleep. If it ended at 10:30 p.m. that would be reasonable. But some people cannot tolerate loud noises and some animals are so frightened they run away from home and become lost, which can become another burden on the taxpayers.

Both Radcliff and Elizabthtown provided community fireworks. Why isn’t that enough for people who enjoy that sort of thing?

Mary Yunker


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