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Reader Opinion: Keep kids safe

Brainerd will have quite a Fourth of July fireworks display again, I imagine. I haven't attended one for several years, as it's gotten so overwhelming. We don't enjoy the beauty of single bursts; everything is "multiple" and too much. To me it se...

Brainerd will have quite a Fourth of July fireworks display again, I imagine. I haven't attended one for several years, as it's gotten so overwhelming. We don't enjoy the beauty of single bursts; everything is "multiple" and too much. To me it seems similar to taking foods from many separate, tasty meals, and piling them all on top of each other. Maybe I just miss the simplicity of the fireworks when I was younger; it's too complicated today.

But my main reason for writing is to ask parents to please consider their children. Being too close to fireworks is not only uncomfortable for tiny ears, but actually very painful and traumatic.

The last Brainerd fireworks I attended had many people (who I thought) went to ridiculous efforts to be as close as possible to ground zero, right in the middle of the "carpet bombing zone." Very young children and babies were trapped there with grinning parents. ("Aren't we having fun?") The young ones were screaming and crying. ("No, we're not having fun.") Children with such things as autism can be especially sensitive to loud noises.

I wish the fireworks committee would try to promote and publicize more sensibility and sensitivity in this annual display in celebration of war. Yes war, not democracy. If we were celebrating democracy, we'd have voting booth exhibits, voter registration tables and displays explaining what our Constitution is all about. A lot of people really don't know.

For example, county commissioners attempt to insert one particular religion into our secular government, while keeping certain others out. Our Founding Fathers wrote a very secular Constitution for good reason: they studied the history of government combined with religions, and while maybe good separately, found them to be as toxic, when mixed together, as household cleaners bleach and ammonia.

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A. Martin

Merrifield

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