Think of the veterans. And think of the cats… and dogs.

Think of the veterans who are your neighbors.

Think of the cats and dogs who are your pets and your neighbors’ pets.

They are assailed by endless illegal fireworks every night. Fireworks can trigger PTSD in veterans, and they can scare your pets. “Where do they come from?” people ask.

The best commentary on this issue appeared yesterday in the Dorchester Reporter as a letter to the editor by distinguished neighborhood activist Bill Walczak. Please read the entire letter! Here are a couple of brief excerpts:

[R]esidents in Dorchester, especially those, like many veterans, who are sensitive to loud noises that sound like bombs, continued to deal with a two-month trauma that kept babies awake; pets constantly alarmed; and many, like me, up until the wee hours to make sure that their houses wouldn’t catch on fire.

It was like listening to the soundtrack of a war movie.

[T]he main supplier in this part of the country is Phantom Fireworks,…owned by Bruce Zoldan… On May 22, 2019, Zoldan met with President Trump to discuss his proposed $300 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, which included fireworks that are overwhelmingly imported from China. On June 25, it was announced that Phantom had agreed to donate $750,000 worth of fireworks to Trump’s 2019 Fourth of July celebration,

Just a coincidence, I’m sure.


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