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Have person shooting fireworks obtain permit from local dept.

To The Daily Sun,

I love professional fireworks. They go off at a scheduled time, the fire department is on alert, police and security are there to keep the spectators at a safe distance, and most of all they are handled by licensed and experienced personal.

Now amateur fireworks scare the heck out of me; they can go off at any time morning, noon, or night. You will be lucky if they have any sense to have a garden hose available; kids of any age are handling them without adult supervision.

Maybe the solution is to have the person who is to display the fireworks obtain a fire permit from the local fire department. The permit would be good for certain days and hours. The fire department is now alert. But most of all it would place responsibility on the person who took the permit out — just like a bonfire. After all, it is not just fire in the works.

Steven Belcher

Belmont

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Free community college is just another education con game

To The Daily Sun,

With due respect to Dr. Ronstadt's commentary concerning free community college tuition. His article represents simply more populist, political pandering with a doctor's certification to increase the chances the reader will swallow the "free worm" along with his hook, line and sinker. This is precisely the type of "increased dependency logic on others" we have heard from Barack Obama for six years. We all know how well the lower 90 percent of this country has fared following the "free," "subsidy" and "welfare" path over the past six years.

Dr. Ronstadt's commentary follows the same "obfuscation model" education has used for the past 30 years. The results in education from K to grad school in this country are beyond a national disgrace. Dr. Ronstadt wants to double down on that failure again. This country spends more per student on education, per year than just about any country on earth while producing the most middling of results. Taxpayers wallets get surgically castrated by education. Dr. Ronstadt suggests we will get better results if we use a bigger knife.

The story always sounds so convincing. Its success depends on human weakness and envy. Always trying to get something for free, when it is well known what we appreciate most in life is what we pay for ourselves, and work hard to achieve. Giving something of great value for free dilutes its value to the person receiving it while it dilutes the living standards of the people paying for it. Reducing the stake of the stake holder only invites failure with little pain.

Have we already forgotten the tens of millions thrown in the street with "free down payment" mortgages debacle justified with the same Swiss cheese logic Dr. Ronstadt now uses. Populist panderers highlight "free" while conveniently forgetting the horror trail of unintended consequences tied to every one of these schemes. Of course that is the intention of obfuscating commentary. Ignore the negatives.

Free community college is just another education con game. In the same corruption league with "free money" from the state or the federal government with the supposed intent to lower the cost of education for all. Government and the states have conjured up endless reasons to throw money at higher education. None of it has worked. It will never work. "Free" money becomes a "slush fund" that allows colleges to ignore making the difficult efficiency and productivity decisions necessary to truly control and lower tuition costs to keep college affordable over the long term.

Macro education does all possible to avoid taking responsibility for its product. If it did tuition would not have increased faster than almost any product in Americas for decades. Education is "hogtied" by unions which abhor improvements in productivity and efficiency because that means reduced labor needs. Unions are opposed to paying the brightest and best most while it defends the worst of personal performance to the Supreme Court. Education has the absolute antithesis of a structure designed to produce the best product for the lowest price for all. "Free" only assures the continued quality decline while it gives the people who run education even more excuses to run education in the same failed fashion it has concerning cost and quality for the past three decades.

Tony Boutin

Gilford

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