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Better Ways To Celebrate The Fourth

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 5:15 pm

A friend was visiting us the week of the 4th. Remembering how much we had enjoyed it several years ago, we decided to take her to the Coronado 4th of July parade. We found places to watch near First Street.

From the start… the beautiful, well groomed horses, several clever floats, rightful recognition of the military, (especially the veterans), basketball being played by courageous soldiers who had lost limbs. We weren’t disappointed!

But then came the gas guzzling old cars; the very cars that contributed so greatly to our current dire situation: climate change. I looked at the children watching the parade and thought of the challenges they will face… partially as a result of us driving cars such as these. Maybe we didn’t know when but we do know now so how to respond? How much better if the cars driven in the parade had been electric cars. What a powerful statement that would have made about our concern for climate change and our responsibility to offer hope to the children.

And while I’m at it, what about the stark environmental negatives of fireworks? Tax payer costs, noise and air pollution and saddest of all, water pollution as the spent fireworks fall into the Bay. You wouldn’t want that refuse in your pool, so why force marine animals to have to deal with it?

There are more laudable and respectful ways to celebrate our country’s birthday each year.

Respectfully submitted,

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