Published: Thursday, May 12 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT
Ummmmm... Money talks louder than safety for children.The Utah
legislature saw how much money they're losing to surrounding states. The same
people who brought you vouchers, HB477, and so many other bills you don't like,
are bound and determined to not let other states make money off fireworks that
we refuse to sell.
Hypocrisy is a Utah Value for many many people who claim to cherish children
(and ostensibly, children's health). Who cares if we have some of the most
toxic air pollution in the Nation?
Yeah, but the legislature has solved the problem of fireworks dollars going to
Wyoming, which, as we all know, was killing the Utah economy. So why was this
law passed? Follow the money. $$ trumps safety and sanity.
Fireworks sales in Wyoming killing the Utah economy. I laughed over that
line.Some argue that in Utah, kids are disposable commodities. So
if a few get killed or maimed, oh well. "No one is going to tell me what
to do. I'm a free American."
Chris Herrod, Republican Legislator wanted to repeal the seat belt requirements
for children, so that tells you whole lot. Then there's the idea out of Vernal
to tax hybrid cars at a higher rate than the common polluter SUV, really
intelligent considering we have one of the worst pollution problems in the
The Republican legislature never fails to amuse. While our children fall further
and further behind educationally, our Parliamentary Halls ring with debates
about fireworks. Why don't we just elect the Marx Brothers?
Wow, I think somebody lived an overprotected childhood. That or else they just
hand their kids a box of fireworks and tell them to have fun. The fire danger
is not increased in SLC because they limit where fireworks can be used. If
cities are that concerned, then they can put restrictions on where they can be
I'm confused, maybe the smell of hypocrisy in the air is clouding my thoughs,
but I have to ask.....How many posters on here, including the writer of this
letter have complained in the past about government getting too much into our
personal lives, then get mad when they back out and change the laws? Also, if
the local Boy Scouts can make more money off the sales how many of you would
think it okay?If you don't want your kids getting hurt DON'T BUY the
FIREWORKS. It's really that simple. Educate, supervise, actually PARENT your
kids and stop looking to the government to do it for you.You had
them, you raise them.
Having grown up as a kid in a state that actually cares about personal
liberties, I was fortunate enough to enjoy real fireworks as opposed to the lame
ones sold in Utah that lead to so many people making the drive to Wyoming.For those who of you posting here who feel the need to control the
behavior of others because this is such a dangerous option - try to learn a
little more about the facts. By far, the most dangerous fireworks in terms of
number of injuries are simple firecrackers and sparklers, both available before
this change.Be safe, but relax and live a little...
How many of those complaining about slightly less restrictive laws on fireworks
also complain about overly restrictive alcohol laws? DUI kills some 40,000
people in this nation each and every year. How many more survive, but with
serious injuries?Injuries from fireworks pale in comparison.If you don't like fireworks, don't buy them and avoid going around those
who are using them.Encourage your city to designate safe and legal
places to use fireworks.Those cats and dogs that you claim are like
children? Bring them inside for few days. Or maybe, spend some time with them
as fireworks are being used and help them not be afraid. One starts
to wonder if the real issue is not one of safety, but just not liking the idea
of someone else having fun in a way you dislike.
Ban all fireworks. They pollute the air in smoke and debris and noise. Animals
become alarmed and are lost every year because of them. Some one is always
injured every single year setting off their own fireworks. And no holiday is
complete without them anymore. Weren't they supposed to represent "bombs
bursting in air - the rocket's red glare?" I'm surprised that they aren't
set off for Hallowe'e'n in this state.
Interesting to see the initial posters all want the government to take care of
their kids. I guess they cannot do it themselves. Way to abidcate
There is nothing more dangerous in a society (including all the fireworks and
tail pipes lumped together), than a population of short-sighted citizens so
readily willing to give up all of their freedom through a glut of
over-regulation. There is something to be said for policing yourself so a
government doesn't have to. . . Our Founders said it best-- this Republic would
only work through a moral people who could exercise self restraint regarding the
rights of others. Remember that Christmas movie where the Mom was always saying
"You'll poke your eye out!," That kid's snowsuit was so well padded
and protected that when he fell into the snow, all he could do was wallow on the
ground helplessly flailing his arms. Excessive regulations, like another layer
of long-johns will some day become so restrictive we will one day find ourselves
flailing around in a captivity of our own making. A responsible parent will not
only teach their children about safety, they will also supervise them.
People who talk about the new law being unsafe for our children need to do some
more studying of the real facts. Fact, the firework that injures the most in
Utah and across the country are sparklers. See all injury statistics for as
many years as you care to look at from the CSPC. The age group that it injures
the most are children too young to understand the dangers. Sparklers have
always been legal in Utah, so don't give me the bleeding heart about how all our
children will be maimed and killed with these new fireworks. If you really
cared about the safety of your children, you would have insisted that sparklers
be outlawed years ago. As far as fire danger, these fireworks have been
smuggled into Utah for years and it seems like more and more are going off every
year. Every year the chicken littles of Utah predict a "scorched
earth" would be the result if we didn't ban all fireworks. And every year,
Utah is still here. So here we go again, the "chicken littles" and
the "save our children from everything" people are on the loose. I
predict nothing will happen!
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