Speculation about why Alpena's Fourth of July fireworks were not up to expectations is still going strong. We have heard a variety rumors about the fireworks, the most ridiculous being, "The Chamber must have stolen some of the money because there is no way that was $20,000," and the most common being, "a new company must have been hired this year." Neither of these statements are accurate. It is disappointing that less than a dozen people called to find out the truth, yet many more than that are sharing their version of what happened. (Just a side note, I thought the fireworks were great! Especially the finale. And I appreciated them even more when I thought about the people who didn't get to see fireworks at all because they were serving in the military overseas).