Absence of fireworks show is a major disappointment

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

I want to shame my City of Manhattan. You dropped the ball this year when it comes to the Fourth of July.

Not only did you not foot the bill for the fireworks this year, but failed to court others like mega-stores Kroger, HyVee and Walmart, car dealerships like Dick Edwards and Briggs, and even Kansas State University!

I guess you don’t see it as a major thing since the students are gone and the 30,000-plus of us who are left in the city don’t mean much to you. If KSU needs anything related to a football game, you supply it. If country singers and partiers want to come and fill Tuttle Creek with trash and debris, it’s all cool.

The Fourth of July is a big deal around here. We have a military base 10 miles away, some of whose soldiers live here in Manhattan with their families. Now Manhattan residents will be forced to crowd other festivals in other cities, putting a burden on them and costing families more money for travel and accommodations.

Sure, personal fireworks are still legal and we could shoot our own, but it’s not the same. I enjoyed coming together as a small community and seeing the venders selling cotton candy and glow sticks. Sure, it’s not a HUGE draw, but it was something I cherished. I am really disap-pointed with my city.

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