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Mailbag: Peace trumps money on Fourth

September 18, 2013

In Mayor Pro Tem Matthew Harper's commentary ("Time to add more freedom to the Fourth," Mailbag, Sept. 12), regarding his desire to have the ban on fireworks lifted in Huntington Beach, the very clear message he is sending is that he values money over the quality of life for residents and the pets that these fireworks terrorize.

I, too, believe in students who need funds to benefit music, athletics and other programs at our high schools. I also care about our students being able to reach their goals and achieve. I also know there are many ways they can do this, not only by the sale of fireworks.

I do not believe that we should allow the needs of a few to diminish the quality of life of others. There are many ways students can raise funds besides one that causes such harm to innocent animals and disrupts residents' sleep and peace of mind.

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I enjoy fireworks, but not on every street in the city and not every night for weeks before and after the Fourth of July. It is time for those who have so little regard for the quality of life that they destroy to not be appeased by politicians like Matthew Harper who put money over residents' comfort.

Please remember the next time you go to the vet to get tranquilizers for your animals because of fireworks, or when you are awakened at 1 in the morning from a loud bang, that Harper is one of the reasons.

Janet Bean

Huntington Beach

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Ignoring climate change ignores facts

It disturbs me that global warming is still being denied because unsupported opinions prevent viable solutions from being considered.

The human effect on climate change must be taken seriously. As Dr. Charles Keeling shows with his Keeling Curve, the concentration of C02 in the atmosphere is clearly driven by the burning of fossil fuels.

Although 2012 marked the hottest year on record, it looks as though 2013 will be even hotter. Extreme weather conditions and higher temperatures are not only affecting the environment but are also costing taxpayers money.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that an increase in serious hurricanes will accompany the rising temperatures in 2014.

Superstorm Sandy, wildfires on the West Coast and a drought in the Midwest cost U.S. taxpayers more than $100 billion last year. Yet some politicians continue to deny the existence of climate change.

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