Readers may remember when the TNT – aka, in effect, drug-dealer – editorial board had then recommended Lakewood drop its basically silly scruples and allow marijuana to be sold in the city.
Wrote the editorialists:
“Principles are well and good, but they don’t keep the lights on, and they don’t pay for recreation departments or police officers.”
Yes, they really wrote that.
What a sad commentary on our clueless-media-influenced culture when principles – principles – and people’s lives for that matter, take a backseat to profits.
And now, this birdcage-liner declares Lakewood is again out-of-step with neighboring municipalities in allowing not one, not two, but nearly three whole days – to hear the TNT shout it – of propagating terror; bombs bursting and raining from the air; war zone blitz-krieging explosives ringing ears everywhere.
The TNT’s advice amounts to the old juvenile playground adage of ‘everyone else is doing it’ only in this case Lakewood is “silly” (TNT’s emphasis) to not join with other cities in limiting fireworks.
Here’s an idea for the TNT to put in their pipe and smoke it. Opine for an end to Seattle’s Independence Day and New Year’s Eve Space Needle smoke-filling-the-air fireworks extravaganzas.
Then come tell us why our child’s measly sparker, Roman candle, smoke bomb box of goodies should merit a $2,650 fine as it does in Lakewood, CO, tickets issued by extra agents placed on patrol to focus solely on extinguishing pyromaniac propensities.
And, in the process, do your due diligence to educate the public (you know, your job) on how one rocket – one, let alone the hundreds fired from the Needle – releases “a toxic mix of chemicals and particulates into the air” such poisons “linked to negative health implications such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma attacks, and even heart attacks with people at greatest risk those with heart and lung disease, older adults and children.”
Then, maybe, we’ll listen.
Who cares what the out of touch editorial board of the Tacoma Nonsense Tabloid (TNT) thinks? I don’t!
Bill Miner says
McClatchy declared bankruptcy today. Not much else to say.
Maybe there’s hope (probably not)
A year or so ago I subscribed to TNT.
Just wanted a News Paper on the weekend.
Even after complaining to the TNT that in a 4 week period, not one paper was ever delivered. Took weeks to get a refund.
Once on top of the world. Now soon to die for good.
I believe in freedom of press first and foremost especially in times of national crisis like we are experiencing today. I also see that these days if you disagree with another’s point of view you immediately go on a smear campaign to attack the others point of view. This is how most of our American population have been conditioned to do through long hours of devisive programming (Fox vs MSNBC) our citizens have been fed through television, internet and many other forms of partisan controlled, big money funded and THINK TANK scripted propaganda. In short their agenda is to BRAIN WASH us! ….Yes! ….But not too many decades ago as a military veteran I promised to die defending everyone’s ability to have their very own opinion. Yes David you get one ….But so do the others! I also swore an oath to uphold our constitution which includes aforementioned ‘freedom of press’ dictated for all of us to read right there in its very beginning articles. No, I don’t always agree with the TNT (I’m about 50/50) but once all the voices of the press are muted by screeching brainwashed magpies then dangerous men in power will have nothing to impede them to total dictator takeover. Check yourself. A cool head keeps words respectful and strengthens your counterpoint. It is preferable. Just dial down the venom.
Rita Wheeler says
Insulting the press and journalists smacks of the tactics of a president who lashes out at anyone who disagrees with him. Let’s have a discussion of issues related to fireworks. Let’s be sure the concerns of pet owners, medical personnel and the elderly are heard. Snide and sarcastic jabs have no place in this discourse.
Cindy McKitrick says
Sadly, those are my strengths lol.
Tim Tengesdal says
I’m hoping for the day the Suburban Times has the resources to cover Pierce County news/events adequately so I can permanently cancel my TNT subscription.
Cancelled years ago when the moved so called customer service offshore.
Eric Chandler says
TNT is owned by the McClatchy Company.
Just announced in the “real” news: “McClatchy, which operates the Miami Herald and The Kansas City Star among its 30 newsrooms in 14 states, announced it has filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. Saddled with debt and pension obligations, McClatchy said it will continue to operate as normal during the process”
Joan Campion says
I can’t agree with you on this subject and not because of any paper’s editorial or philosophy but on common sense. If those who use fireworks and shoot them off at all hours of the day and middle of the night, as is common now, had more consideration for others and followed the laws we wouldn’t be having this discussion. One day is plenty for anyone to celebrate after all it’s one day, the 4th not the 3rd and 5th. Also if the fireworks were limited to the relatively “harmless” ones you mention it wouldn’t be a problem either but it’s the loud booms that rattle windows and nerves, drive dogs and anyone with PTSD into fight and flight mode. I hear them at 2 in the morning and beyond. A sensible cutoff is the present law and even that makes for disturbed sleep for those having to be up and sharp early the next day. My dogs had sensitive hearing and it drove them into a frenzy where I had to give them veterinarian prescribed pills to keep them calm. Maybe where you live it’s not as bad as here in the “city”. It’s long beyond time for the City Council to have put a lid on it.
Didn’t know Tacoma still had a newspaper. Been failing ever since the Baker Family sold it to outsiders
Civic displays include a great deal more insurance for damage and injury costs than a potentially unsupervised underage child with something capable of setting the unwatered neighbor’s lawn/house on fire. Or maybe you’ve forgotten the costly damage just a smokebomb in irresponsible hands can do? https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/22/613374984/judge-orders-boy-who-started-oregon-wildfire-to-pay-36-million-in-restitution
How about leaving someone blind bc the “supervising parent” went inside for more beer? WA lets it’s residents be stupid with burning explosives for a solid week before the holiday. Roman candles shoot fireballs from here to waaaaayyyyy the f*** down there. Next June 30th, when YOUR kid loses an eye while quietly sitting in the back seat as you drive home from Aunt Whoever’s house, because Beer Gut’s kid decided moving cars made nice big targets, come talk to me. Or just as well, put your explosive where your mouth is.
That’s some draconian law you’re pulling…. from over 1,300mi away!!? Eye. Roll. But there are obviously people who are enough invested in those communities to set a serviceable deterrent penalty for the protection of actual public and private property and living things.
And you’re arguing both sides, you know: You want your own kid and your own neighbors *UP CLOSE* to burning chemicals causing, as you say, negative health implications, holding sparklers and other ticktockbooms (even just one rocket, I hear, is dangerous!) But then you have the gall to gripe about municipal shows, where the audience is at a far greater distance and has the benefit of winds and ALTITUDE of the explosions dissipating the smoke (smoke rises), rather than have it concentrated at street level where beloved humans and animals are? I have to ask: which brand of oatmeal do you use for brains?!? Unbelievable.
Child, principles have ALWAYS taken a back seat to profits in the U.S., unless you plan to starve. What country did you THINK you were living in? Can you even find the United States on a map? If there was ever someone so wound up and in need of a weed store within walking distance, it’s you. You’re “entertainingly stupid”. Keep writing for public consumption!!!