Fireworks require common sense
EDITOR: After reading some of the comments in Pulse of Petaluma regarding fireworks, I had to wonder if any of these people were ever kids. Safe & Sane fireworks don't fly in the air (unless thrown) or scoot along the ground. They don't explode or rip off fingers if properly used. People blessed with common sense don't set them off in grassy fields, next to houses or propane tanks. They supervise their kids.
Many others, also blessed with common sense, keep their pets inside on July 4, not leaving them unattended in the backyard. Okay, they might be a little noisy but Safe & Sane are a lot quieter than the illegal fireworks that shoot into the sky or explode with a window-rattling effect. After all, it is just one night.
Before Glass, Albertson and any other councilperson signal the death knell for fireworks in Petaluma, they should complete a comprehensive study on the problems caused by fireworks over the past 10 years. This would include how many calls for service responded to by the fire or police departments involving legal fireworks; how many for illegal; how many fires or damage caused by Safe & Sane as opposed to illegal fireworks; any and all injuries caused by either; how many citations issued for illegal use. These stats should be available through the department's Record Management System.
I live in an area that was once designated as a Mutual Threat Zone and fireworks are absolutely forbidden in this area. The residents are notified in writing and they comply. Many take their kids to the local park and do the fireworks there with other families. We have yet to have any problems with legal or illegal fireworks in the past 10 years.
You see, these people have common sense and respect. Unfortunately, there are a few that lack either one. I don't buy fireworks anymore. But, I support the nonprofits right to sell them and I thank them for what they give back to the community.
Anthony Morgan, Petaluma
A &‘can do' city
EDITOR: Kudos to the Argus on the front page article of the July 18, 2013 edition as well as the editorial, "Generating power from sewage." Nice, factual reporting.