I am most grateful that Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch and the Davenport City Council reinstated the ban against fireworks. The legal use of fireworks in my neighborhood felt like our home was in the middle of a war zone with nightly fire fights and incoming mortar shells, which continued into the early hours of the morning (2:30 a.m.).
Even with our house closed- up and the use of medication, our dogs suffered. I can only imagine the increased suffering of human beings with medical or mental health challenges – veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, autistic children, people with epilepsy, and the sick, to name a few.
Our only relief was heavy rain; our only hope was that “they” would eventually run out of money. A friend and a voter mirrored our sentiments when he said, “Everybody who voted to legalize fireworks should be thrown out of office.”
Quad-City area residents who love fireworks have ample access to many public firework shows, like Red, White and Boom. That access strikes a fair balance for the entire community.
I usually look forward to and enjoy holidays, but not this summer’s Fourth of July. Since the reinstatement of the ban, I can once again sit outside with my dogs in peace and sleep through the night uninterrupted.