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Wanton disregard for peace and quiet | Letter

The Fourth of July, a time to celebrate the foundation of our nation, family and summer. I love the Fourth, it’s one of my grandsons’ birthdays.

I live on Education Hill. What I don’t like about the Fourth is the wanton disregard for peace and quiet in what would normally be a nice quiet neighborhood. What possesses people to set off loud fireworks when they know full well and good that it is illegal to do so, that it disturbs the peace, that it drives many pets into an anxious frenzy, thus stressing out not just the pets but their owners as well?

The police department does its best, but the odds are overwhelming against them in patrolling our streets to keep them peaceful on the evening of the Fourth. As pet owners, we know it’s coming but we are at a loss to figure out a way to handle the stress of our pets under the constant barrage of explosions in and around our neighborhood, it sounds like a war zone. We sedate them, we close the windows, we turn up the music and try to comfort them as best we can.

I know it’s traditional to set off firecrackers and other noise makers on the Fourth, but seriously, do we still need to keep up this tradition? There are many community fireworks displays around our area. Go enjoy those displays instead of trying to create your own in your backyard or the front of your house. As I’ve gotten older I now see the less-than-innocent harm this craziness causes our pets. My wife and I even put our dogs in our car and drove around looking for a location where we could let them out where they would not be bombarded with the noise of explosions. We drove down to Redmond Town Center, could still hear explosions, drove to Marymoor Park, could still hear boom, boom, boom. No escape.

No, it’s not the end of the world. Yes, it only lasts a few hours, but it is harmful to our pets and the peace and sanctity of our neighborhoods. Oh, and did I mention....illegal?

Rick Rosen, Redmond

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