Response to ‘Monitor’ editorial

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ction of the June 23, Los Alamos Monitor chose to criticize the manner in which the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is preparing for our annual July 4 celebration at Overlook Park.
I would like to respond to that editorial with our own viewpoint, and to remind all of the residents of Los Alamos that a great deal of preparation and planning has already taken place, and much of that has been in consultation with the Los Alamos Fire Department.
We take the safety issues associated with a fireworks display very seriously and would not jeopardize the people, or property of Los Alamos if we thought it were not safe to do so.
Let me also remind you that we did not have any fireworks displays in 2000, 2011, or 2012 because of safety concerns and local forest fires, and that the final say of whether fireworks can be set off remains with the fire marshal — as it always has been.
We appreciate the cooperative efforts of the LAFD, who reminds everyone that a community-wide fireworks display under controlled conditions can be safer than having individuals set off their own fireworks in widely dispersed neighborhoods throughout the county. This sentiment was repeated by Governor Martinez, who in an interview with KRQE-TV, encouraged New Mexicans to attend their community-sponsored fireworks displays under these safer conditions.

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