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Why can’t we greet new year in silence?

 It is now 1 a.m. on January 1, 2014. Happy new year people of T&T.

The fireworks companies must be laughing all the way to the bank.

I heard a woman boasting on television how she had spent over $1,000 on fireworks and still that was not enough. Good for her. It takes all kinds to make a world.

Why would any hardworking individual want to see their money literally go up in smoke?

Does anyone care about noise pollution? Have we measured the loudness of these explosions and know the damage that is done to the human ear? Imagine while driving, you hear a loud sound. What would be your reaction? 

What about the long-term consequences of fireworks? Are we aware of what they are and their dangers?

Are we aware of the amount of frightened, displaced, injured animals that will turn up all over the country?

What about damage to people’s hearing, particularly the elderly?

What about the danger of fires?

I wish to suggest that fireworks be set off at particular times—midnight to 1 a.m. in designated areas—hotels where the parties are being held or in open football fields away from residential areas. 

Some people seem to have double residency in both T&T and the US  because at 1 a.m. Trinidad time, is midnight US time and they are still lighting up their money.

Trying to educate the users of fireworks will not suffice. It is like selling matches and saying do not strike them.

The companies must be held financially  accountable.

Payment must be made for pollution, fire, displaced animals and hearing loss.

Why can’t we celebrate a new year quietly?

Some cultures go to work, some go to church.

I would love to stay and chat but I have to go and help my neighbour look for his dog that got frightened and ran away.

 AV Rampersad

Princes Town

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