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April 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Seattle’s July Fourth fireworks canceled

Donations should be used for charity, not fireworks

I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to read that we will not be wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars on 20 minutes of fireworks for the Fourth of July [“July 4 fireworks look like no-show,” page one, April 2].

When people donated $503,000 in 2010, I was sickened. There are shelters for homeless women and children that are struggling to make ends meet and keep their doors open and food banks that struggle to keep their shelves filled. And then there are those who just have too much money — and they want what they want when they want it. To those people, I say — if you don’t want to donate to a good cause to help those who have less, go burn a pile of money in your backyard and light some sparklers.

Sheila Mattingly, Bothell

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