In the dark ages
To the editor: Hasn’t the time come for Ohio to step into the 21st century and follow the lead of many other states to make the full line of consumer fireworks legal for sale and use in the state?
Forty-six states now permit the sale and use of some level of consumer fireworks, with Kentucky, Maine and Michigan having all gone to full-line consumer fireworks within the past two years. Those states have recognized two factors related to consumer fireworks – first and foremost, the products are safer today than they have ever been before; and the sale of consumer fireworks can raise some badly-needed revenue for the government.
Everyone loves fireworks. People love to watch major league sports, but they also love to play sandlot sports. The same holds true with fireworks. People love to watch professional displays, but they also love to shoot their own backyard fireworks too.
Fireworks and the 4th of July are synonymous. You simply cannot have a complete Independence Day celebration in America without fireworks. Americans love to celebrate with fireworks in much the same manner envisioned by John Adams on July 3, 1776, when the future U.S. President wrote a now-famous letter to his wife Abigail that Independence Day – “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”
Ohio legislators have the power to change the fireworks laws and take Ohioans out of the shadows of uncertainty and illegality and bring Ohio to parity with so many other states that permit the sale and use of the full line of consumer fireworks. This is long overdue.
Since 1994, when the American Fireworks Standards Laboratory first began testing the consumer fireworks at the factory level in China for compliance with U.S. manufacturing and performance standards, while imports of fireworks have doubled from 117 million pounds in 1994 to 234.1 million pounds in 2011, the number of fireworks-related injuries as reported by the U.S. Product Safety Commission has dropped more than 23 percent from 12,500 to 9,600 over the same period.
Write or email your legislator and ask for legalization of the full line of consumer fireworks in Ohio. Take Ohio out of the consumer fireworks dark ages and into the modern era.
Please enjoy the Independence Day holiday with your family, and celebrate safely.
William A. Weimer
Phantom Fireworks Vice President
To the editor: Why would someone who would never leave a child in a car during the recent sweltering heat, leave a beautiful furry puppy in a hot car in Meijer's parking lot?
I don't know. Stupidity is my guess. They can't be ignorant as, that would mean lack of knowledge. Everyone knows it is never a good idea to leave anything helpless in a car as temperatures rise.
It is the time of year to remind people – please leave the pets at home. It gets too hot to leave them in the car while you run in "for a few minutes." It only takes a few minutes for it to become dangerous, even with the windows down and the car unlocked. He could have been stolen.
After 25 minutes of waiting, checking on the puppy, him yelping because he was hot and scared, I called the police. I have before and will continue to call when I see this happening. I even left a note on your windshield suggesting you leave him home next time.
I have two little dogs. One is 15-1/4 years and the other is 14-1/4. I can't bear to think of what is to come with them. I would never dream to ever have left them in a car like that. It broke my heart to see how careless you were with yours.
As you walked out, holding the hand of your sweet little daughter, ( I couldn't help but be grateful it was not her that was left in the car) you were greeted by a very polite Northwood police officer, I'm sure the police officer reminded you leaving the dog in the car was not a good idea. After he left, you read the note, tore it up and threw it in the parking lot? Lesson learned?