ralphanother political stunt to get attention.isn't there other
issues to focus on?
If citizens are making sacrifices for cleaner air what will industry do?It can't all be one way!
@boneheaded, but not a smidgen - air quality is a huge issue this state needs to
find solutions to. Ending fireworks will only have a marginal affect, but it is
an opportunity to bring public attention to the broad issue.
So how many thousands will get in their cars and drive to places that will hold
fireworks? The extra traffic will put far more pollution in the air than
I think sometimes we take things too far and end up going off the deep end.
This seems to be one of those times. A few times a year, some traditional
celebration takes place and people have a good time together as a community and
as families. This happens all over the country. It's been happening just
a few times per year for many decades. I don't think it is a major
contributor to any of our long term problems. Let's be reasonable and
balanced about this. Can you imagine what the opening ceremonies during the
Olympics would have been like without the fireworks? We just need to be
reasonable and not lose perspective. There's nothing wrong with good
wholesome fun every once in a while.
I can smell the "stupid" in Mayor Becker's proposal all the way to
Texas. First he will eliminate your public fireworks displays, then he'll
outlaw private fireworks displays and sales of fireworks in the city limits.
Eventually you'll all be driving to Wyoming to celebrate the Fourth of
July. What a Patriot!
I can get it if the show(s) is/are cancelled due to lack of funding, but air
pollution? I don't buy that one. I venture that an equivalent amount of
"pollution" is created by burned hotdogs and hamburgers in the Salt Lake
Valley on any given weekend.As to the budget issue, try to have the
community raise the $25K privately through donations from private citizens and
One or two nights of smoke will make no difference in the air quality. Try
something substantial such as no drive days or more telework days. Maybe work
to make public trans more affordable for more people.
How about if we install itty-bitty catalytic converters on all those rockets?
I wonder how much pollution parades cause?
I wonder how much pollution everybody heading out of town, or driving to picnics
and fireworks causes....We could take vilifying fireworks to the
extreme and target only the things people enjoy, and things that will impact
people the most, but there are many things that cause WAY more pollution than
fireworks (that go on every day).And there are things that happen
(some of them natural) that make SLC's fireworks look like nothing.
Forest fires for one. Ever seen how much smoke even a small wild fire puts
out?If we could prevent even ONE forest fire this year... it would
offset more air pollution than every city doing fireworks every night the whole
Firework shows are expensive, the last few years the citizens and private groups
have paid for it because the cities revenue was down, they probably just
didn't budget hoping some private party would pay again.Probably more about the cost than the pollution.Not to mention
without a group fireworks show, there will be makeup neighborhood shows, that
will more than cover the pollution of the single show, and the ER will be busier
than usual as a bonus.
Style over substance, the liberal mantra. The amount of "air-pollution"
the fireworks show adds is infinitesimal to the amount of air pollution created
each year. Why not ban back yard fire pits? Ban camping in the canyons? Have
you ever seen how much smoke a campfire produces? This is silly.
All fireworks should be banned, but not for this reason. Fireworks - including
state-sponsored ones - are in violation of local and state noise ordinances.
Why is it OK for citizens and the state itself to break the law on certain days
of the year?Sincerely,All of us who have to get up early for
work on July 5th
If we ban them... we should ban them because of the fires the neighborhood
variety starts every year.We keep the fire departments way to busy
Has he been talking to the Tooele County commissioners.
We don't have the inversion problem in the summer that we do in the winter,
so cancelling New Year's Eve type events (we were in an inversion that day)
would make more sense than cancelling these.
I'm mixed on this. My dogs seriously stress when fireworks are going off
and will sit in the corner shaking for a good hour after they have stopped.
Worse, I know a fair number of veterans from Vietnam and the more recent wars
who suffer flashbacks and other PTSD-type symptoms when fireworks are going off.
With an organized event it's easy enough for me to keep my dogs away from
the noise and most vets who need to can probably place distance between
themselves and the celebrations. How to deal with the individual and often
illegal fireworks going off in neighbor hoods is the bigger problem.
I'm all for SLC cancelling the shows and letting people send Ralph Becker a
symbolic message by supporting the firework industry in buying their own
fireworks and having neighborhood firework celebrations. It's a great way
to party and have fun without going anywhere, and a super way to get to know
your neighbors. My neighbors and I get together and light off lots of fireworks.
One has a soft cone ice cream machine and we all love the cold ice cream on a
hot night. Everyone brings something and we all have fun enjoying the show and
visiting with each other.