Tracy Talks: Illegal fireworks pose danger to all
by Anne Marie Fuller
Jul 10, 2014 | 2918 views | 4 4 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As darkness settled on the Fourth of July, fireworks rang out throughout the town and pets scurried to find safe hiding spots to ride out the thundering waves. A step outside my back door revealed an aerial display above our rooftops from a nearby neighbor. I wondered what would happen if those illegal fireworks ended up a little too close to an older roof.

Even though it’s been an entire week since the Fourth of July, residents are still hearing fireworks booming late into the night.

Now, when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July, I’m the first out of the gate to wish everyone happy Independence Day, and I could talk your ear off as to why we celebrate it. This column is not about the celebration thereof, but more about the individuals who use illegal and dangerous fireworks and continue to do so long after the Fourth. Reports are surfacing from all over the state about people being seriously injured, losing fingers or hands, because of those fireworks going off prematurely.

Last week, I stopped by a safe-and-sane fireworks booth in the Safeway parking lot and talked with the workers and those who visited to buy fireworks.

“The celebration started long before the Fourth of July and will continue long after,” said Theresa Lown, a first-grade teacher at Traina School.

Lown was working the fireworks booth, proceeds of which went to the parent club at Traina.

“Hearing those illegal fireworks, my poor little dog was hiding under the dresser and wouldn’t come out,” she said. “After the Fourth of July, it seems people are using up their fireworks. I often see the streets littered with the remains.”

While I was talking with Theresa, one of her former students came by the booth with friends to buy fireworks and support their former middle school.

“I just want to have a good fun and safe time,” Jacob Taloa said. “I saw my neighbor’s house burn down because of fire, and that left an impression on me. It’s the American spirit, but it’s also about being safe.”

Around town this month

As summer kicks into high gear, there are several free activities offered to the public by the city in the next two weeks. A free rock ’n’ roll concert will take place tonight as part of the Downtown Block Party series, at Sixth Street and Central Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. If you miss out on this concert, there will be another one next Friday, same place and time, with ’80s-themed music.

The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series also offers free concerts on Thursdays at Lincoln Park, located on Eaton Avenue by the Tracy Branch Library. There are two concerts left in this series, Thursday and July 24. Music starts at 7 p.m. Take your own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner.

Movies on the Plaza will offer a free viewing of “Despicable Me 2” at 6:30 p.m. July 25 outside City Hall at 333 Civic Center Plaza. Take your own blankets, snacks and hot chocolate.

• Anne Marie Fuller, National Mrs. Beauties of the Nation, is the host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26. Contact her at annemarie@columnist.com.

 
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sb2482
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July 11, 2014
Funny you victor_jm, I didn't eat a cow nor any other animal. I would imagine the veggies that got pulled out of the earth to make up my salad were none too happy though. They are living things too!
victor_jm
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July 11, 2014
sb2482,

I've examined our treatment of animals in this country and it is pathetic. We essentially have assigned a different value to each species and, unfortunately, for the cow, the value of his life is less than the value of the dog that sleeps in your bed with you at night. If it is legal to eat a cow, then it ought to be legal to eat a dog. Now we have buffoons calling themselves "parents" to their dogs. If you don't think there is something twisted about this worldview, then I don't think you've really thought deeply about your metaphysics. Just remember this: In spite of your belief you are charitable to your dog, it is a genetically-manipulated canine that exists in a juvenile state all its life because you think it is appropriate to confine it to your environment and dictate all the conditions of its life. Anyone who argues he needs a dog for therapy is right about his mental illness. Continue to pretend you love animals because you own a dog. You and I know more than half the dogs owned in this country are possessions confined to a house or a backyard. Go ahead and throw your dog a cow bone tonight.

sb2482
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July 11, 2014
The illegal fireworks were everywhere this year. My neighborhood sounded like a war zone. The fireworks were coming from every direction. I knew that sine the 4th was on a Friday this year that Saturday night would likely be a repeat performance and it was. I had to give my dogs Benadryl to take the edge off. Next year we may pack them up and leave town on the 4th but then we would worry that our house might get hit by a stray firework and burn down because idiots go to Mexico and buy illegal fireworks.
victor_jm
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July 11, 2014
Sorry to hear your dogs were inconvenienced. How do you think the cow you ate felt?


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