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Enjoy the 4th at Your Local Park

We hope celebrating our Independence Day on the Fourth of July still has some patriotic meaning to Americans.

But contrary to what we see these days, true patriotism is not about public displays of red, white & blue, or boisterous claims of America’s greatness. True patriotism is the respect for the values contained in our Constitution.

Lately, since the immigration issue has again become such a hot button issue, the words “rule of law” are being bandied about by Americans who are using the phrase to disparage undocumented immigrants in the country.

But like most sayings, the words are only worth spouting when it suits our personal interests, or when we agree with the meaning given to the words by the person voicing them.

For a month now, residents of Los Angeles County have been setting off illegal fireworks; what part of illegal don’t they understand? Why aren’t people respecting the “rule of law?”

The illegal use of fireworks is a danger to us all.

We shudder to think that there are trucks full of these fireworks sizzling in the noonday sun, ready to explode and take out an entire neighborhood.

Last 4th of July, use of so-called “safe and sane” fireworks put the entire city under such a thick layer of smoke that it seemed the area had been heavily bombed by some insane terrorist, rather than our neighbors just having a good time.

Babies, sick or afraid residents, and of course dogs, cats and birds were terrorized by the loud blasts into the wee hours of the next morning.

The profusion of M80’s and other large bomb like fireworks had us wondering if people had decided to forgo paying their July rent or mortgage to pay for the expensive explosives. How much money just went up in smoke?

As we have done for more than 30 years, we are publishing in this week’s pre-Fourth of July edition a list of local public celebrations with professional fireworks displays taking place over the next week. We urge our readers to attend one of the many large and exciting public firework displays at local parks, rather than trying to do it yourself in your backyard.

On June 5th, we hope everyone wakes up with homes, body parts and autos in tact. And as always, if you are going to drink, make sure you have a designated driver.

Remember, the “rule of law’ is not just for someone else, it applies to you as well.

Happy Fourth of July!