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March 26, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Lake Union Fourth of July fireworks show lacks funds

Seattle’s superrich should contribute to public event

The 4th of July fireworks show over Lake Union, 2012. The organizers of the annual event, One Reel, have estimated a need of $400,000 for the show this year. Fundraising ends March 31. (ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

The 4th of July fireworks show over Lake Union, 2012. The organizers of the annual event, One Reel, have estimated a need of $400,000 for the show this year. Fundraising ends March 31. (ELLEN M. BANNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

What’s wrong with Seattle? With the number of multimillionaires in this city — Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Vulcan — and who knows how many more, are we really going to let the tradition of the July Fourth fireworks that are enjoyed by thousands of people go away because of the lack of $400,000 [“Fundraising campaign launched for July 4 fireworks show at Lake Union,” seattletimes.com, March 5]?

Come on — instead of spending millions trying to steal someone else’s basketball team for the benefit of those who can afford the price of a ticket, how about a few thousands (pocket change to those ultra rich folks) to keep the fireworks from disappearing for the other 99 percent?

–Clydia Pappenfus, Shoreline

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