We have a dog and cats, which are truly a blessing to have. The dog loves to run around in our large yard and play, and our cats are sweet, lovable, quiet kitties. Over the 4th of July weekend all that changed with our animals because of the war-zone like atmosphere created by the extremely loud, never-ending explosions of firecrackers. From daylight to after 1 a.m. for four consecutive days, we heard bomb after bomb.
On July 6, we discovered that our happy-go-lucky, well-adjusted dog was afraid to go outside. We are still working with him to overcome his fear. He has never shown fear of anything before. One particular cat was so traumatized that it weakened her immune system to the point that she developed a cough and upper respiratory infection. We, like most people, also had a hard time coping with this abuse of firecrackers. Even if we could get used to the noise, we couldn’t go out in our yard for two nights because we could not breathe the air.
It seems that some people just don’t care or have any respect for their neighbors, especially parents who buy extremely loud firecrackers for their kids. They are teaching their kids that it is OK to be rude and disrespectful. Realizing that people are who they are, it is up to the state and city politicians to change the laws so things are at least bearable to its citizens.
Indiana has one of the loosest fireworks laws in the country, thanks to the pathetic politicians who let their citizens down to pad their political coffers, pandering to the fireworks industry. I will show my displeasure at the polls this November.
Independence Day can be celebrated with fireworks that are tolerable and fun to use. For some reason, though, many people don’t understand this and take it to such an extreme that they make July 4 intolerable and even miserable for many people and all animals. We implore the city of Fort Wayne to review its policy and enforce the law. We live in New Haven, which adopts the same policy as Fort Wayne.
DAWN CUELLARNew Haven