To the Journal editor:
This July I've noticed that the pre- and post-Independence Day fireworks in my neighborhood have been much louder than in previous years.
I've been told that as of this year there is no longer a limit on the types of fireworks private citizens may purchase. I believe it.
Here's a suggestion for Independence Day 2013. Let's have a curfew on neighborhood fireworks usage. I certainly don't want to step on any citizen's right to enjoy earsplitting whistles and eardrum-popping explosions, but let's have a little consideration for those of us who have to get up and go to work on July 5.
And maybe a little consideration, too, for those of us whose dogs can be found trembling and cowering in dark closets for about two weeks every summer.
I propose a hefty fine for anyone igniting fireworks after, let's say 10 p.m. And let's add to that the right of all annoyed neighbors to awaken the lawbreakers at 3 a.m. by sounding an air horn outside their bedroom window.
Who's with me?