The Fireworks MUST Go On [OPINION]

I’m going to keep this one brief.

In the LB Herald article titled Long Beach fireworks will go on, City Council Member John McLaughlin was quoting saying:

“I’d rather see someone hired back. I appreciate the sponsors with the fireworks and everything, but … I’d feel terrible watching the fireworks go off while someone’s sitting at home that could have been working.”

With all due respect to Mr. McLaughlin, I disagree 100%. Yes, we are going to have fireworks this year (July 13th). The cost will be covered by local sponsers and 18th Annual Kennedy Plaza Fine Arts Show fees and won’t cost the city a dime. In the grand scheme of things, the cost of this event is minimal. And let’s face it, how many people can the city hire for $42,000? And would it be a job that is really needed?

If there were no fireworks, it would really bring the morale of the city down big time. I am just sick and tired of this attitude that all fun has to go away because of the economy. There are ways to get things done without the use of taxpayer money. Kudos to City Manager Jack and the three members of city council who voted YES on this and for finding a way to keep this event.

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6 thoughts on “The Fireworks MUST Go On [OPINION]”

  1. According to an article in Saturday’s Newsday 38 people who had been laid off will be brought back. The union made concessions in order to save the jobs from the 2nd round of layoffs. I t isn’t everyone back, but it is a step in the right direction.

  2. Though I respect your right to have an opinion I believe you are wrong. The fees collected from the fine arts show are funds that are and should be used to offset costs in the budget. Outside sponsorship for an event should not. But if your really asking what we can do with 42,000 dollars you need to go out and do some research. Why don’t we start with the 5 fireman who were laid off. They all make less than 42,000. That would be a good start. Instead I’ll pay more taxes so my neighbors can loose their jobs. But you’ll still get your fireworks. God forbid you didn’t. Life would end. I guess fireworks are more important than feeding the newborn of one of the laid off fireman.

  3. I hear what you are saying but do you want more Layoffs? The truth is the city needs to have events that draw people to Long Beach. The additional people coming to LB will spend money and help local businesses and restaurants. I personally believe the city needs to have many more events and needs to spend money on revenue generating projects. The saying goes you have to spend money to make money.

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