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Fireworks in Hutchinson Kansas

Hutch News article today here.

2 things:

1. I hate fireworks, I think there should be a 25 minute opening where everybody blows off everything they have and then clean up and we go back to life as normal. (Not really, I like blowing stuff up but that's the stance I am gonna take for discussion purposes.) But, this is a perfect example of all the over-legislating we have been discussing here lately. We have good laws in place that seem to have the situation under control. Why mess with it. Its 8 or 9 days a year. Let people have their fun. Find something worth arguing and fighting for that you can actually change.

2. 11th paragraph down in the Hutch News article is "Despite the data, the Hutchinson City Council should continue the debate." WTF??? This is what I am talking about, over legislating. The whole articles contains points and data about how it is working pretty good and Hutch folk have it figured out and oh yeah the sales tax revenue and permit revenue will help our slightly askew city budget, (I threw the sales tax/budget thing in, on my own.) And then we get... Despite everything being pretty good and working as good as possible, our part time City Council should continue to debate it. huh? Why? Let it be until it needs to be changed.

Reinventing the wheel for the sake of seeming busy is not good politic-ing.

p.s. let's (just this one time) steer away from the legalities of it all and just cut loose with your opinions, I mean it. How do you feel about fireworks for 8 days and do you think the city council revisiting it every damn year before and after is a good use of time.

Here is a recipe for Seafood Lasagna, I need reports on if it is any good??? Seafood Lasagna, that deserves another WTF?

Sometimes randomness is funny and sometimes it's annoying!!!! Sorry!

34 comments:

  1. 4th of July was one of the biggest highlights of my fairly short stay in Hutch. I have never seen anything like that anywhere else. Driving across town at about 10pm felt like a war zone.

    The only problem I had with it was people who don't go to bed. I had neighbors who were still shooting off fireworks at 2am. If it would have chilled out around midnight, I would have been completely fine with it for the four days or eight days or whatever it is.

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  2. And really Scott, even though for those few days your sleep was jacked up. Thats not why you moved away right?? hehe

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  3. I love the 4th of July. It's my favorite holiday. For one week out of 52, I put myself in harms way to hear a bang and see sparkling colors! I love it. I know that sounds sarcastic, but it's not, I really do love it!

    I love watching people do the same thing. Something about drinking some beer and fire have always made me smile....

    Ok, so some people live by someone that shoots off fireworks for the week, and past the hours that they are suppose to shoot it. One quick simple solution-GET OVER IT!! Those people are annoyed by their neighbors for other reasons than fireworks, but fireworks just gives them a reason that they can vocalize.

    If you are having trouble sleeping because the fireworks are going off, IMO, you are either wanting to be shooting them off yourself, or worry about little things to much. Where I live, my neighbors in front of me and behind me did it up for 3 solid days, but we didn't let it bother me or my family. My 6 month old daughter was out to the world.

    That news article cracks me up. It's just another thing about Hutch that gets under my skin. It's like when your parents would say "we can't ever have anything nice because it always gets broken...", or maybe just my parents... Hutchinson finds a way to complain about everything. People complained that we couldn't shoot off fireworks, now people are complaining that we can....

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  4. Lizalde is always so shy and scared of telling us how he feels.

    i agree with you Liz.... Kinda looking of that person who think s we are infringing on their rights by shooting fireworks to liven the conversation up, any ideas who we could send it to???

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  5. the "targeted" ad i got at the bottom of this page was a crate and barrel ad for "hutch"... like the furniture. That's good stuff.

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  6. Fireworks are much less fun when you have a 6 month old baby that goes to sleep at 8pm.

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  7. This suprises me, as it was strictly verbotten to set off fireworks when I lived in Hutch...I don't know what the ordinance is now, but it seems like a reasonable compromise would be to limit the time period when you could set them off, like after 10AM but before 10PM. Lots of towns have similar time related ordinances for loud music, lawn mowing, etc.

    Maybe something similar could be done for smoking weed...all jokes.

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  8. Dave,

    It really is crazy especially on the night of the 4th. The sky lights up!

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  9. Scrap my idea. I found the ordinance online and a 7AM to 10PM time limit is included.

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  10. So do you get to hate your neighbors if you live in a duplex and the shared backyard is closest to your side of the duplex and they are shooting fireworks like 3 feet from your bedroom window? And they don't clean up the firework droppings? And the nurotic cat you rescued that hoardes socks now decides because of all the banging he will rip all the papertowels into little bitty peices and string it all over the house? At midnight, and have the police come and just tell them to keep it down?? Yep good times.....

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  11. And... Karen is our first bitter fireworks commenter.

    The cat is your fault Karen. I have been telling you for years that cats belong outside fending for themselves. Period. They think they are smarter than us and they need put in there place.

    Littering is unacceptable, unless it is your own backyard which gets even screwier if you share a backyard.

    Anyone want to go back to debating guns abortion and weed???

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  12. Did you talk to your neighbors and ask to keep it down? Why didn't you enjoy the evening with your neighbors? If you didn't do either one of those things, then I'm going to assume you fall in that category of "being annoyed with your neighbors for other reasons, but fireworks gives you a reason to vocalize." Having that shared backyard puts you in a situation that forces you to accept what your neighbors do privately in your plain site, but do you have the same feelings when they have a BBQ, birthday party, or other activities that people do in their back yards?

    As for your cat, not sure what to say..... Keep the TV down, don't slam doors, and hide the paper towels when a storm rolls in...??

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  13. I'm glad Dave found the time limit because I was pretty sure there was one - although who wants to set them off at 7 AM I'll never know. The 6th month old may take it in stride but try reasoning with a 3-year old that the loud bomb noises are only fireworks. She couldn't even sit and watch them at the fair grounds because of the noise.

    10 PM may be a stretch considering it doesn't start getting dark until 9 this time of year. But 2 AM is rude and inconsiderate. I am sure the time limit is difficult to enforce unless you are a neighbor like me that doesn't hesitate to call the cops. Fortunately my neighbors are considerate - or at that age where sleep is more important than fun.

    Ultimately, I agree with the general consensus: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. People have gotten the hang of it, lets try it out for a few more years before we try to rewrite the book.

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  14. Liz-
    As a single Mom the chances of me going outside in the wee hrs of the morning to confront a bunch of drunks....um..
    For me it comes down to respect for your community. I don't hate fireworks (or my neighbor for that matter, just the combo of the two) I myself set off fireworks at the 4th party that we attended. The difference is that I did it within the confines of the law, with respect to those people that don't enjoy it when they have have to work bright and early the next day. BTW--Cody, you know you just WISH that you had a cat as cool as Buster McNibbles the Supercat! LOL

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  15. Karen,

    I hate all cats. I Don't hurt them, just hate them, I am completely prejudice and will never give a cat a chance. You could call me a felinephobe and I would be fine with it, don't like them.

    My point on fireworks is just like Liz said. "Get over it" for a couple nights a year.

    Again, I am not arguing legal stuff here cause they probably should be fined for going past but the time limit. But I don't think that big as debate is worth it from a legal standpoint.

    I don't know really, the whole previous debate got too heavy for me this late in the week, so I went with fireworks and took the stance of..."Get over it"

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  16. Considering the firefighters sell fireworks at their own stand as a fund raiser for their union it is difficult for them to enforce the rules when people are buying hundreds of dollars of fireworks from them and then 45 minutes later they (firefighters) are confiscating them (fireworks). I think that the law should state that if you buy them on whatever day you should be able to shoot them off on that same day. In the city limits they were able to start selling on June 30 however, you could not shoot them off until the 1st. I think the county and city should agree on the time that it is allowed.

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  17. Why are the firefighers enforcing the laws--isn't this the job of the police? I heard that they patrol in the firetrucks that get 3-5 MPG...does this make any sense? I'm sure some firefighters don't agree with selling fireworks, but the union may have quite a bit of influence on those that try to stand up against the hypocrisy of that.

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  18. Ronald Reagan said it best in his writings about the fourth:

    "It (the debate and ultimate signing of the Declaration) also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

    Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the concept of government.

    Let the 4th of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

    We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should."

    WOW...could we make this mandatory reading before every legislative session?

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