Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 14, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 06/14/2014

Protect the calm

Nathan Payne’s “Fireworks lose their shine” piece on June 1 resonated with me. As a resident of Spider Lake and an owner of a 70-pound yellow lab who is horribly afraid of big booms, I have weathered many a similar night through the summer. Last summer, virtually every weekend and most days long before and long after the Fourth of July, we were greeted with window-rattling mortars and bombs bursting in air — sometimes well past midnight.

Many of us must sedate beloved pets in preparation for the booms around the Fourth but it’s impossible to plan for random revelry throughout the summer. Others work full-time throughout the summer and appreciate a night of uninterrupted sleep. I hope that common courtesy and respect will prevail amongst neighbors in the “Arbutus Triangle” but vacationers, cottage renters and all visitors should be well-versed in the township ordinances and state laws about noise and fireworks. I’d argue that beyond the holidays, the peaceful calm of a summer evening on the lake should only be disturbed by the call of the loon.

Michael Stephens

Traverse City

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