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Fund fireworks? Yes, we can do it

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There was something missing this Fourth of July. At Walla Walla Point, we were short about 10,000 people. No bombs bursting in air, at least not legally or safely; no gathering at dusk for a mass, multicultural celebration of our independence, our liberty and our mutual freedom. The rocket’s red glare? Not there — all because we’re not good at fundraising, not for fireworks shows, at least.

This is a problem larger than it might seem at first glance. Fireworks shows may be short and expensive, but they are not frivolous. No fireworks, and a generation of Wenatchee children will not be able to associate that excitement and fascination with the joy of Independence Day. The Fourth of July will be another day-off-with-barbecue holiday. Fewer memories will be made. Fewer families will join for the event. Too many will turn to fire-setting alternatives. The Fourth of July will lose some of the importance and significance that it absolutely deserves. It will make less of an impression on the impressionable.

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