On June 3 the Bellingham City Council voted on a personal fireworks ban which would make possession and use of fireworks in Bellingham illegal. Prior to the vote, Council members asked questions and voiced their opinions. I was impressed with the vision of those members who supported the ban and I want to thank them. The positive effects of this ban will take a few years to realize, but, in the long run they will be numerous. Cities with a fireworks ban in place report substantial decreases in fires and hospital visits. Excessive noise and debris are diminished. Domestic animals are less traumatized. Many people leave town to avoid the noise. They would be able to enjoy July 4th at home in their quiet neighborhoods. America has evolved by having laws such as the use of seat belts and prohibition of smoking in public places. America's culture would neither die nor be anything less than what it already is because of a law to ban personal firew orks. Instead America's culture would evolve for the better.