Recently city councilor Tom Andersen, along with several other councilors, called on City Manager Steve Powers to issue an emergency order banning the use of fireworks in Salem this Fourth of July.
Yesterday Andersen shared a Facebook post where he said, "Other Councilors and I have asked that fireworks be banned in Salem over this weekend. Here is City Manager's response to the general public."
I found the response by City Manager Steve Powers so clueless and irritating, I just had to comment on what Powers said in blazing red below. The message from Powers is in regular type.
What I said is pretty damn blunt and caustic. One reason is that for 31 years my wife and I have lived on ten wooded acres in rural south Salem. Every year we and our neighbors live in fear that some careless person will set off fireworks, legal or illegal, that start a wildfire.
We've tried to make our house wildfire safe, but there's only so much that can be done. Everybody out here is anxious about this Fourth of July, given the drought and extreme recent heat. So having Powers give his "fireworks are fine" response below was really disturbing.