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July 12, 2010

Fire Fodder

Fear; every year... That's what happens when you have severe drought conditions, lots of brush, and pyrotechnic tyros letting off their illegally obtained ammunition around our island chain. Please, spare me the "it's fun, it's tradition, it's harmless, it won't happen to me" argument. Celebrating this country's independence or New Year's Eve by putting yourself, your family, your neighbor and your neighborhood in danger is just callous disregard for the law and it's really unnecessary.

Did you see the news footage of Kalama Valley going up in flames? Did you see harried neighbors taking their hoses up the hill to make an attempt to keep the flames at bay? For what? For a testosterone-jolting explosion, for a bright light of adrenaline rush, for a chance to hear someone say, "wow, cool". And for those who stick to the cultural practices mantra, OK; let's set aside a safe zone, regulated to allow for those ceremonies to take place; but no more of these bombastic aerials and near misses.

When the rockets red glare becomes the red glare of fire engines and flashing lights and burning turf, as it was in Kalama Valley and near Ko Olina, then it's time to say enough already. Maybe the individual counties will now take better control of the situation, as they have been given greater latitude to put tougher rules in place. Huge fines, prison terms- too tough you say. About 26 fireworks-related fire calls received over the weekend on Oahu might be a clue that we are just one call away from death and destruction, and that's no reason to be celebrating. Think about it…

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