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Let’s rethink fireworks displays on July 4

Almost everyone enjoys firework displays, but what I have read from the Moffit Cancer Center is alarming, and I share it with you. Fireworks release toxic chemicals in the air, water and soil, which are persistent remaining in the soil for years.

The Moffit Cancer Center said this:

“The dangerous chemicals released during fireworks displays can wreak havoc on the human body, affecting the endocrine system, immune system, gastrointestinal system and metabolism as well as the neurotransmitters in the brain.”

To learn the full extent of the toxicity of firework displays, please Google “The Toxic Beauty of Fireworks,” Moffit Cancer Center, July 1, 2016.

Mother Nature’s whisper has become a shout as human activity continues to offset nature’s balance that allows the Earth to sustain human life. Yet, every July 4 across the country, there is this massive toxic pollution of the Earth.

Rather than donating thousands of dollars to a 15- to 20-minute event that releases toxic chemicals that persist for years, damaging health, why not donate that money toward giving hope to struggling businesses and families? Or to fund safe conditions that give tourists confidence to patronize our businesses.

So, what is the chance we rethink our Fourth of July? Why not use today’s opportunity to lead the country in new options to celebrate this holiday? “… compressed air in place of gunpowder to launch fireworks…” (Moffit). Think lighted water shows, decorated bicycles, boats, homes, etc., challenging the northern Michigan creative “can-do” spirit to come up with new, environmentally clean ideas.

Alpena could even lead the nation to turn this celebration into a healthy one that is life sustaining for generations to come.

MARY ALICE COMAR,

Ossineke

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