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LoveTheDrake July 5, 2014 at 08:04 am
Fido isn't the only who hates fireworks! I think the fireworks last night in downtown Napa were aRead More complete and total violation of the law, a disturbance of the peace beyond anything I have ever experienced! Yes, poor dogs, cats and all other wildlife in the surrounding area must have suffered immensely from the EXTREMELY LOUD explosions! But people, too! How about working people, nurses and doctors, bus drivers and other people who had to work and work late and come home hoping to get some rest? It must have scared the crap out of infants and adolescents in the neighborhood too. For nearly a full hour the explosions from the fireworks sounded like someone firing a 12-gauge shotgun right outside our windows, and we are 5-6 blocks from downtown. Take a guess at how many people live within a ten block radius of downtown Napa. Consider the security issue of someone actually firing a firearm in the neighborhood at that time, who would have known? A perfect time to commit a violent crime with a gun. There is no doubt that the fireworks that were used featured unusually loud explosive sounds that are not found in most fireworks, nothing like I've ever heard before and I've seen and heard fireworks nearly every year for many, many years. I'm not going to argue about the celebration, I'm as patriotic as anyone else in this country, but common sense says you do not disturb everyone for miles around for such a long period of time for any reason, and again, not to mention the cats, dogs and wildlife that must have suffered as well. It's disrespectful and downright mean. There is no excuse for it! If it takes litigation to put a stop to it, then litigation it will be.
LoveTheDrake July 5, 2014 at 08:04 am
Fido isn't the only who hates fireworks! I think the fireworks last night in downtown Napa were aRead More complete and total violation of the law, a disturbance of the peace beyond anything I have ever experienced! Yes, poor dogs, cats and all other wildlife in the surrounding area must have suffered immensely from the EXTREMELY LOUD explosions! But people, too! How about working people, nurses and doctors, bus drivers and other people who had to work and work late and come home hoping to get some rest? It must have scared the crap out of infants and adolescents in the neighborhood too. For nearly a full hour the explosions from the fireworks sounded like someone firing a 12-gauge shotgun right outside our windows, and we are 5-6 blocks from downtown. Take a guess at how many people live within a ten block radius of downtown Napa. Consider the security issue of someone actually firing a firearm in the neighborhood at that time, who would have known? A perfect time to commit a violent crime with a gun. There is no doubt that the fireworks that were used featured unusually loud explosive sounds that are not found in most fireworks, nothing like I've ever heard before and I've seen and heard fireworks nearly every year for many, many years. I'm not going to argue about the celebration, I'm as patriotic as anyone else in this country, but common sense says you do not disturb everyone for miles around for such a long period of time for any reason, and again, not to mention the cats, dogs and wildlife that must have suffered as well. It's disrespectful and downright mean. There is no excuse for it! If it takes litigation to put a stop to it, then litigation it will be.
Don't lose control and blow off any fingers this year.
Rich Margittay July 13, 2014 at 07:39 am
Do you get drunk when you set your fireworks off? That would be a violation of the new law. IRead More know figures lie and liars figure, but statistics show that the majority of people at fireworks parties drink intoxicants. How may bike riders drink intoxicants before riding? Here's another one: "The truth hurts." You can't compare the too. It is a dangerous law which does not protect and is not enforced. The supposed "law makers" behind this money-driven blood-law knew it would hurt many Michigan residents. Here's one more: “Money talks” which is shameful in this case. IMO, 90% of the population (and animals world) would prefer to see fireworks only in the hands of professionals (with proper safety precautions), like at “Dearborn Homecoming .” I am hoping to see this law rescinded with those greedy “law-makers” who pushed for it, voted out. Have you heard of any appearance tickets issued or arrests made regarding violations over the last month? There should have been many. If your police chief elects to relax enforcement, vote the mayor and council out, too. They are responsible for him.
Lee Jacobsen July 13, 2014 at 07:40 pm
Rich, statistics show the injuries, bikers have 3 times more injuries in parks than fireworks sinceRead More obviously there are more bikers, but the fact remains that more folk get injured on bikes in the parks, whether drinking or not. More importantly, we both agree that it is insane to shoot huge bottle rockets in our crowded neighborhoods. For years, fireworks came from Ohio, now they can be purchased closer to home, rescinding the law will only enrich Ohio again as Michigan folk will buy fireworks from somewhere. The important question.. where to shoot them off? Again, it is insane shooting huge fireworks off in crowded neighborhoods by drinking folk who are unsure of what they are doing. We need guidance from the govt, state or city, to come up with a solution. Any other ideas?
Rich Margittay July 14, 2014 at 05:45 pm
You are like a broken record with the comparison of bicycles to fireworks. Fireworks, alwaysRead More dangerous, don't impose on people's quality of life for 30 days out of the year; plus, the residual idiots who are breaking the law on many more days out of the year. Just tonight, I heard a pop and saw a woman screaming at her dog, in full flight mode, dragging the leash. That's what I'm talking about. How many dog-owners are afraid to walk their dogs one week after Independence Day because the dogs are terrified of the pops? With no enforcement, this law is just a wink and a nod. The quality of life in Dearborn gets worse each year; and your wonderful law is one of the recent reasons for part of the decline.
Tom Brown July 3, 2014 at 08:58 am
Sounds like a win win win to me!
Ken Briggs July 4, 2014 at 03:45 pm
wake all drunks up , make them all go to weekly AA meetings for life . the courts should do betterRead More then they do , thank all the cops for the job they do , it is the courts that screw up .
Fourth of July Vodka Milkshakes from the Tipsy Bartender.
imcjl July 4, 2014 at 08:42 am
That's a lot of work to get a woman. drunk... Try Mike's Hard Cider..tastes better, no red or blueRead More tongue, faster and cheaper
TT July 4, 2014 at 09:10 am
Alcohol is is probably the most dangerous and damaging drug. Around 35,000 Americans are killed inRead More alcohol related auto accidents every year. About 88,000 die when you add alcohol related diseases. Countless lives and families are destroyed. Personally, my childhood memories are nothing but fear and embarrassment from having a drunk parent. So it should never be taken lightly or promoted. If you do drink, please do so extremely carefully, responsibly, and consider what your actions do to people around you.
Linda Henn July 7, 2014 at 07:39 am
While this looks fun and enticing to adults - remember it also looks attractive to teens andRead More underage youth. Promoting and glamorizing alcohol consumption at family friendly events and occasions like the 4th of July can send the wrong message to youth. We need to model the behavior we want our youth to mimic. Family friendly and alcohol free drinks are just as fun and pretty. Let's promote and model healthy choices for our teens.
My dad, Tom Richissin.
Concerned Citizen June 15, 2014 at 10:48 am
What a wonderful story! There's a great book out titled "Iron John" that talks aboutRead More Father & Son relationships that I suggest any father or son read. Until I did, I carried a great deal of sadness and anger towards my father, not realizing he was unequipped and emotionally handicapped because he list his dad when he was just a teen. Another part of it was the era he grew up in; men simply did not talk about their feelings. And while the hurt I felt growing up will always be a part of me and who I've become, the relationship I have with my son is the kind I dreamed about at his age; loving, kind, warm, and happy. I owe part of that success to my dad, because while he never said he loved me, (he was that stranger on a plane), he did teach me about Honesty, Integrity, Providing for a Family, and how to laugh.
Eve June 15, 2014 at 11:57 am
What a wonderful story. My father died suddenly at age 49 and left two daughters - I'm the oldest -Read More and two young sons who never remembered him. I am now 68 and remember very little of my Dad....except his smile. It was slight but bright. I was the talker...way too much that I was always in trouble at school, but Dad always gave me that slight bright smile whenever I went on and on. What I treasure most are his letters which I still have. We wrote to one another while I was in college then when I moved out here. Then one day I got that dreadful call. He knew I was going to get married and had planned to come out and meet my husband-to-be. I only wish he had met him. We did name our first son after my father. When he was 6 months old my husband's father passed away at age 65 from emphysema. 14 months later our second son was born and we named him after my husband's father. Happily, my husband is 69 and has his two grown sons to share time and stories with:)
Anne Mobley June 15, 2014 at 11:58 am
My husband just asked me why I was crying. I said that I had just read your story about a father.Read More It was a lovely story, albeit sad to me. I feel sorry for you that you did not tell your dad that you loved him. But, truth be known, he knew you did. Some men have trouble showing their feelings. My dad did not say it enough to me (as I think back on it now) but I always tried to please him and make him proud of me and I knew he loved me, provided for me, and protected me. The way you care for each other is love whether or not is it said in those three magical words. We always kissed our parents goodnight, even if we went to bed before we actually wanted to. I hope you keep all those good memories in your heart. Your dad must have done something real good to have such a thoughtful son.
Youtube screen shot of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Karen April 20, 2014 at 03:33 pm
Thank you for sharing the different versions of 'Jesus Christ is Risen Today'. I thoroughly enjoyedRead More all of them. I am on a family vacation and someone scheduled brunch around the kids' schedule... not my schedule to go to Easter service at a local church. I was very disappointed. It simply didn't feel like Easter to me. And then I read the Patch! I listened to every version of the hymn and got goosebumps! It made me smile and it made my day... Thank you! He has risen! He has risen indeed!
Susan C. Schena April 20, 2014 at 08:20 pm
That's a great story! Thanks!
DUBLIN, Ca: Chef Michele Wieser prepare pork tenderloin for the spring holidays. Video credit: Autumn Johnson
Maurice Duenas April 19, 2014 at 05:11 pm
Jesus was a Jew and he woulds not have eaten the pork tenderloin. Why are you tryng to get us to eatRead More the pork on the death of the Jesus, who was a Jew?
Smitty April 19, 2014 at 06:54 pm
Because it tastes good Maurice!! Lord protect us from this professional ranter!
Mr. Pickles April 20, 2014 at 06:25 am
Nailed on cross for desecrated the Hebrew temple and probably packin a 99 cent salty Safeway hamRead More with him. King of the Jews my word!
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Costa Piperakis January 20, 2014 at 02:24 pm
marten Luther king was not a true christian minister.check his records.he was an adulterer,andRead More trained with communist leaders.no man was had a day attributed to him except our presidents .we give in to pressures rather than stand for our right.I for one do not honor him.
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