Letter: Forget fireworks, help veterans



My thanks to Paul Knight for his insightful and well-written June 30 letter, “‘Rockets’ red glare’ vividly recalled,” and his military service.

I have been writing to The Columbian for the last few years. Battle Ground allows eight days of nonsense over the holiday. I work 10-hour days, and getting awakened at 10:55 p.m. by a mortar can scare the daylights out of you, and tick you off at the same time. I have been told this year that I should move somewhere else if I didn’t like it.

There are more than 300 military nonprofit organizations that people can donate to in support of their countrymen.

I worked at Madigan Army Medical Center and worked closely with soldiers who had returned injured from Afghanistan and Iraq. Fireworks with names like artillery shells, mortars, etc., should not be allowed in Clark County.

Gynene Lane

Battle Ground