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'Snap, crackle, pop' columnist way off target

I am responding to the Friday, July 6, "No more snap, crackle, pop" personal column written by Jennie McGhan. At first I thought the writer meant no more Rice Krispies, the cereal. When I started reading I came to realize she was referring to fireworks.

I must say that I disagree with her.

I enjoy fireworks as much as anyone, but I am so glad officials are putting more restrictions on them. So many people don't obey the laws about when they can set them off, when they can't, which hours of the day and what days they can start letting them off before the 4th of July. People start three or four days before the 4th of July, plus five days after.

We have two dogs we keep in the house on the 4th of July. They are inside/outside dogs. I keep the radio up loud that day to help drown out the noise from fireworks, but can still hear it. Some are so loud it sounds like it is in our back yard, and we live in the country, but it does sound like a war zone.

I feel for the animals outside. It goes on all night into the early morning hours. There is also the danger of fires and someone getting hurt or killed.

As a child we had fireworks and had fun, but most people obeyed the law. Most people only let off the fireworks on the 4th.

I am very glad for the ban on fireworks now. Let's leave the fireworks to the professionals to give us a great show each year.

God bless the U.S.A.

/s/ Linda J. Williams, Sunnyside

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