I would suggest that the Roundup editor calling our officials’ “insane and disrespectful” is itself disrespectful and uncalled for. Sublette County has very competent leadership and public safety officials. They know their limitations and capabilities. I can assure you they discussed and planned for the worst scenario when it was decided to press on with the public fireworks display that our community takes pride in. I do not know the chief, but, after watching his crews deal with fire, it is obvious the man knows what he is doing. If he tells our leaders fireworks are safe, I think you can take it to the bank.
I would beg to differ with the editor's statements regarding firework displays. “Knee-jerk reaction that fireworks remain an integral part of the Independence Day celebration and that they show disrespect to the firefighters fighting the forest fires.”
I do not think the editor understands the psyche of people who put their lives at risk to protect others. I do not know of a public safety officer, fireman or military person that would ever want the people of this great country to forgo a great tradition let alone a celebration of our country’s greatest achievement.
With freedom comes responsibility. We may not like all the decisions our county leaders make, but using words like “insane and disrespectful” could be considered irresponsible. Insane is a strong word. I would like to know the details of the briefings and discussions our leadership had before making their decision that led the editor to the conclusion that the decision was in fact “insane.” Barring those details, I would suggest an apology.
Bob Jones, Pinedale