independence day http://michiganradio.org en Stay safe around fireworks this Independence Day, since the Legislature isn't helping http://michiganradio.org/post/stay-safe-around-fireworks-independence-day-legislature-isnt-helping <p></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As I am sure you’ve noticed, Friday is the Fourth of July, which means that for several nights before and afterwards, many of our neighborhoods will sound after dark like a free-fire zone.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">In other words, kids, some of them long past voting age, will be setting off fireworks. A few will hurt themselves, mainly burning their hands or losing a finger. Some may lose an eye.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">If the grass is dry enough or a bottle rocket goes out of control, we may have some serious fires. Six years ago, a bottle rocket landed on the roof of a rather nice apartment complex in Toledo, starting a blaze that completely destroyed the buildings.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Nobody died, but a hundred people were left homeless. Over the years, I’ve noticed that the staunchest advocates for gun control haven’t been so-called Ann Arbor liberals, but the police.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Cops are not always known to be liberal on social issues, but they see on a firsthand basis what guns in the wrong hands can do. By the same token, firefighters tend to be the most anti-firecracker.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Firemen, and city officials. When I was young, Ohio had far more liberal fireworks policies than Michigan. But that has changed. Ohio has outlawed almost all consumer fireworks.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But three years ago, our Legislature made them far easier to get and blow up for three days around any national holiday.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:07:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18202 at http://michiganradio.org Stay safe around fireworks this Independence Day, since the Legislature isn't helping Hot as a firecracker! Many Michiganders are celebrating the 4th of July in the shade http://michiganradio.org/post/hot-firecracker-many-michiganders-are-celebrating-4th-july-shade <p>The hot weather is not stopping most Michiganders from getting out and enjoying Independence Day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But organizers of many of today&rsquo;s events are concerned.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:43:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 8144 at http://michiganradio.org Hot as a firecracker! Many Michiganders are celebrating the 4th of July in the shade A great day for a parade (especially if you're a politician) http://michiganradio.org/post/great-day-parade-especially-if-youre-politician <p>There are Fourth of July parades taking place all across Michigan today.</p><p>In addition to the numerous marching bands and Boy Scout troops, many parades will feature politicians.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8105 at http://michiganradio.org A great day for a parade (especially if you're a politician) The Glorious Fourth http://michiganradio.org/post/glorious-fourth <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-975823.mp3</p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Michigan was part of the nation&rsquo;s outback during the War of Independence. And most of the inhabitants probably liked that just fine. Battlefields are nice places to study, but from what I have seen, no place you&rsquo;d want to be close to at the time.</font></font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Today, there will be speeches urging us to remember that we are all Americans. Some will scold those who are making our government&rsquo;s present policies, or those who attack them.</font></font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Others will say that Americans should be united, just as they were in the days of George Washington and Valley Forge.</font></font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">But what most people don&rsquo;t realize is that a substantial minority of Americans at the time &ndash; possibly as high as 40 percent -- didn&rsquo;t want independence. They were called loyalists, or Tories, and a fair number left for Great Britain or Canada, after the other side won the war.&nbsp;Naturally, that left the patriots with no one to bicker with except themselves, which they soon began to do.</font></font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">President Washington wanted to avoid having political parties. That lasted about five minutes.</font></font></font></font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Which brings me to my favorite Fourth of July story, one with a moral we can perhaps learn from. It began on the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, and ended exactly 185 years ago today. Two of the founding fathers were, of course, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. They were good buddies on July 4, 1776, when they signed the declaration. Later, however, they each became leaders of the first two political parties.</font></font></font></font></font></p><p> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3118 at http://michiganradio.org The Glorious Fourth Insuring a Happy 4th of July Holiday http://michiganradio.org/post/insuring-happy-4th-july-holiday <p>State insurance officials are urging Michiganders to keep their financial liability in mind when they host Independence Day festivities this weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Fourth of July weekend, a time to fire up the barbecue, take friends on the pontoon boat and toss the kids in the back yard pool.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,1607,7-154-10555-258474--,00.html">&nbsp;But are you covered just in case something goes wrong?&nbsp; </a></p> Sat, 02 Jul 2011 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3128 at http://michiganradio.org Insuring a Happy 4th of July Holiday