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  • DarkStar Bluffdale, UT
    May 14, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    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!

  • Hot Dogs & Apple Pie West Jordan, Utah
    May 13, 2011 11:34 a.m.

    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.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    May 13, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    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 responsibility

  • attentive Salt Lake City, UT
    May 13, 2011 12:26 a.m.

    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.

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    May 12, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    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.

  • Particulars of no Consequence Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 12, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    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...

  • cymrul West Valley City, UT
    May 12, 2011 1:58 p.m.

    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.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    May 12, 2011 10:02 a.m.

    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 used.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 12, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    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?

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2011 8:02 a.m.

    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 Nation.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 12, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    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."

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2011 6:13 a.m.

    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.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    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?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    May 12, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    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.