To the editor:
Is there anything more beautiful than Old Glory waving in the breeze? We are blessed with many beautiful sights in our grand country, "From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans white with foam."
And it was a grand sight on Independence Day, driving the streets of Eudora, and seeing our flag flying from porches, yards, mailboxes, flower pots, etc., all showing honor and respect for God and country.
Our thanks go to The Eudora News for their generous coverage, Eudora Nursing Center and Pinecrest for their kind words and support and the businesses who displayed the Flag Day flyer. And, to a young person from Lawrence named Kelly who wrote: "I wanted to let you know what a great thing I think you are doing with your efforts to get people to display flags. I read your story in the newspaper and it warmed my heart. I am too young to know what it was like for families and soldiers during wartime, but I am very grateful for the sacrifice. Thank you for giving me a reason to smile while reading the paper! You're an inspiration. Happy Independence Day!"
Our ultimate goal has not been reached and we are unable to continue the race, so we are hoping someone will "pick up the torch" and keep the spark alive until Eudora becomes the first town to have every home with a flagnot for the notoriety or fame, but as a town which honors God and country. It is an achievable goal.
Keep rallying 'round the flag, Eudora.
Clint and Joy Clouse,
To the editor:
My family has been celebrating the Fourth of July in Eudora for more than 20 years, and not once have we been hurt or our property damaged. In fact, I called the Eudora Police Department and was told there were no fireworks related injuries or fires reported to them at all over the holiday.
Banning fireworks is yet another example of a disturbing trend in this country to try to regulate all the risk out of life.
Pass laws against everything until you can live in a snug little cocoon. Nothing and nobody will hurt you then right?
Well leave me out of your dreary, risk-free existence. I'm not interested.
Sure, fireworks can be dangerous, but the majority of people have the good sense to be careful with them.
If someone in your neighborhood is trespassing on your property or using fireworks in a way that is irresponsible or in a way that you perceive as dangerous, call the police. That's what they're here for. I'm sure they would come right over and take care of the problem.
Banning fireworks chips away at the very reason we celebrate July 4th: our freedom.