Eyes to See/Ears to Hear

In order to combat my annoyance over the unwillingness of media outlets to tell the truth and avoid letting their bias rule, as well as to have an outlet for my very (at times) wordy self, this blog has been created by yours truly. This will be an accounting of events in the world, my country, and my little piece of the world as best as I can see it, hear it, and relay it.

Location: United States

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Letter to the Editor

I am a great advocate of trying to get one's point across via the written word and who knows, sometimes change a mind or two about the situation on which I write.

Every year lately we have our Fourth of July disrupted by rude neighbors who break the law by shooting off large amounts of fireworks that are far more than just firecrackers.

My local newspaper has been so kind as to print it:

Dear Editor,

Since your newspaper has been so courteous to print the letters I have written to you over the years, I am here again with another in the hopes that you have not forgotten my rather unpopular viewpoints and me; especially on the subject of Fourth of July fireworks shot off illegally by my neighbors.

For an hour now my neighbor has been in the street shooting off fireworks. Not just little firecrackers either, but some such as the town of Union shoots off in Biertempel Park. They are in the dark, with many very small children present, having a rocking good time doing something that is illegal.

There are reasons why fireworks are illegal in New Jersey. I would assume right off the bat that because they are dangerous is one of the top reasons for this law. Never mind whether we agree with it or not, if it is illegal we should not be doing it, or showing our children that it is okay to disregard the law if we think it is stupid, or if we don’t agree with it.

As I stood on my back porch along with some of my neighbors who I knew were on their back porches doing the same, I watched these fireworks go clear over some of our houses. Which brings to mind something that perhaps those who indulge in this criminal mischief may not have thought of, and that is: consideration.

The reason why many of us are doing this is because the possibility for fire or injury always exists when one is shooting off fireworks with trees and houses all around. Many of us had other things we would have rather been doing, and some of us were chased out of our yards because we feared the debris falling on us while we tried to enjoy the last night of our holiday weekend. Some of us had to sit and hold our pets that were completely disrupted by the explosions that went on for close to an hour. Tomorrow we, who have debris in our yards, pools, pool filters and on our decks from our neighbors fun time, will be cleaning up after a party we did not throw. And you can be sure that just like children, those who would scoff at the concerns many of us have regarding the danger of fire from these illegally set off fireworks, would point out that nothing has happened, so nothing is going to happen. How many of our children do that? Display dangerous behavior and assume that because they have not fallen or were otherwise injured by such behavior, that we, the parents who warned them, have no basis for our warnings and so our warnings of danger can be totally disregarded? This is the behavior exhibited by our adult neighbors when they insist on their annual violation of New Jersey state law and subsequent display of inconsideration for their neighbors.

You know what editor? I don’t ask that everyone like me, all I ask for is common courtesy and consideration. Something that I am willing to extend and do extend to my neighbors. Just because you don’t like me shouldn’t mean that you allow your child to throw rocks into my pool or if you pass me on the street you totally ignore me. That is inconsiderate, editor, and is exactly, all illegality aside, what these neighbors are for setting off these fireworks each Fourth of July.


I haven't been here in quite some time and there are just so many things I can write about. In fact, I could write all day on one thing or another. For instance, the Supreme Court vacancies, the arrogance of the Democratic Party Leadership, the ACLU's constant and continual assault on American citizens who acknowledge God in the public square, the excessive amounts of taxpayer dollars spent to bring condoms, 'safe' sex education, and abortion to third world countries who need antibiotics far more desperately and don't want anyone telling them how many children they can have and why, as well as all the money spent to have major blow out concerts to nobly, but misguidedly, call attention to world poverty and insist that taxpayers pour more money into mismanaged programs that are supposed to be dealing with this issue already, instead of putting their own money where their message is, but I will let those issues wait a bit.

Instead I would like to call attention to a most remarkable young lady named Shasta Groene. She has endured what I as an adult shudder to even think about having to endure a small part of. This young lady has provided police with detail after detail of her ordeal and because of her courage will be assured that her family's killer will never know freedom again.

I, of course, only have the news reports and the pictures of her with her dad that have been released to the media to go by, so mostly I am expressing my opinion about Shasta and her situation.

As I listen to various reporters discuss what traumas Shasta will have to deal with due to the repeated brutal assaults as well as what she has witnessed, they all express the hope that she will get the help that she needs, and she is going to need a lot.

To that end, I will not forget this young lady, but will keep her in thought and in prayer; that she will overcome all of it and live a victorious life of triumph over evil, an evil that lives side by side with all of humanity, and one that threatened to devour her, but did not. She has escaped its tenacious grip and my prayer is that she gets the help she needs to shake it free from her heart and minid as well.