In the article "Bellingham ban takes the bang out of the Fourth of July," you quoted Officer Holridge as saying "From last year at this time you would think we were in a war zone." Despite the city council's ban on fireworks reasons being environment and peoples' distress for their animals stress, etc., I think we should have our country sound like a war zone on the 4th.
Fireworks should be allowed on the 4th of July; and we should sound like a War Zone; because it reminds us of the fight others fought for our freedom. My grandfather, a WWII veteran, once told me about how on Iwo Jima he switched foxholes, while half asleep, only to wake in the morning to find his old foxhole completely obliterated by mortar fire. That is a war zone. Nothing my neighbors do can equal in comparison to the war zone our brave soldiers in all wars have felt. The sound of a war zone in our own neighborhood should help us remember the sacrifice others made for our freedom. Isn't that what 4th of July is all about; remembering our freedom?
If ever there is another war fought on American soil, there will be rocket's red glare and bombs bursting in air, and the enemy will give not give a single thought to the environment, your dog's comfort, and least of all your freedom. As long as reasonable care is taken for others safety and vegetation fireworks should be allowed on the 4th of July.