The Fourth of July is almost here, and we all give thanks for the freedoms that we still have in our country.
Private discharge of fireworks is legal in several parts of our area. I would encourage folks as they celebrate to remember that the noise of fireworks is painful to many of our veterans who suffer from battle fatigue and PTSD, to our senior citizens, and to those who suffer disabilities of various kinds, especially mental ones.
Let us find ways to celebrate that are quiet and that do not bring stress and anxiety to our neighbors. Making our neighborhoods safer and more peaceful would be a great way to give thanks for our independence as a nation.
I wish everyone a happy Independence Day.