Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 11, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 07/11/2012


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Who has fireworks rights?

Where are my rights when it comes to fireworks? Should I have to listen to these man-made explosives day and night? I believe I should not. Since Gov. Snyder decided to legalize these powerful, noisy devices our peaceful evenings are gone and so is my sleep.

The three-day rule, absurd. How about one day, the holiday, and as far as the consumer having common sense when using them, common sense would tell you that your neighbors may not like hearing your explosives day after day. Just this morning when running to the VASA trail I was at the edge of our neighborhood and there was garbage left from someone shooting off the fireworks. The road was so littered up. It could also be a menace to pets, elderly, sick and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

For me, it just takes away my right to sleep and have some peace. Make the 4th of July, the 4th of July, not the 3rd, 4th and 5th. People, please try to be considerate of one another.

Barb Polzin


Don't chance tragedy

I do not live within the city limits of Traverse City; however, if I did I would use extreme caution when casting my vote for any city commissioners or mayor. The city manager is of course not an elected position, but again, the voice of the commissioners is loud and clear in this most critical position.

My primary concern is the decisions the above are currently in the process of making with regard to the city fire department and the city police department. These dedicated employees, along with 20-plus (unpaid) reserve officers in the police department, leave their homes with the full knowledge that in their efforts to keep the community safe there is the possibility they may not return home alive and well at the end of their shifts. They consciously put their lives in danger every day to protect residents and visitors alike. The city invites millions of people to this area every year without the possibility of necessary manpower.

Please do not allow shortsightedness leaving the citizens who live and/or visit here open to the possibility of tragedy. Saying, "Oops, we made a mistake" will not change results.

Adell Maksimowicz