I want to echo Matt Walsh’s call to “bring back the fireworks.” While I don’t want to diminish the challenges associated with crowd control and the particular problems of recent years during our venerable fireworks display, as a community we should ask ourselves whether we will permit the problems caused by a few miscreants to be the undoing of a long standing and well received tradition enjoyed by so many. Surely there is a better solution than retreat. Are our village festivals to go away one by one because we can’t control the destructive or dangerous behaviors of a few? I am confident that Forest Park can rise to this challenge with a reasoned and creative solution that doesn’t penalize the law abiding.

Mark Waldron
Forest Park