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July 16, 2009

4th Coming

Like many people, I watched in awe as the wonderful fireworks display sprayed our skies over Magic Island on the 4th of July.  Unfortunately, there were the self-absorbed, pyrotechnic enthusiasts who had to let off their small array of fireworks at the same time down by the beach; they had their fun.

But what did put a damper on it for me was the hundreds of people who simply left their burned junk, food containers, and bottles lying there, as if they did their job by eating or lighting the fireworks, and now someone else could clean up their debris.  Good grief, folks, how can people talk about the aina and self-preservation when they can't even clean up the red paper crap that they leave behind?  How many wonderful neighborhood celebrations ended up with used poppers and firecracker flotsam left all over the sidewalks, driveways, and streets the next morning?

A simple broom and dustpan sitting on the side, and used after the personal fireworks show, is really not too much to ask for, is it?  You know what one, meaningful definition of "local" might be?  Showing respect and pride- for people and for the land.  Let's hope some of these firecracking fun-lovers gain a conscience, a clue, and a trash plan by New Year's Eve in five months.  Think about it...

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