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Re Susan Horton's "It's not patriotism" (Public Forum, Aug. 7):

Susan, I was able to relate to your article very well because I am one those people you declared as a bozo.

First I would like to apologize for the loud explosions obtruding your quiet night; but we are doing nothing illegal. Utah has recently made aerial fireworks legal, and increased the days citizens are allowed to launch fireworks.

This sudden leniency in firework laws has got Utahans acting like kids on caffeine, and the fact that fireworks are exempt from the 10 p.m. noise curfew just makes it worse for those not participating.

I love being a pyromaniac, but are these laws going too far? That's up to you to decide. The point is, I didn't make these laws so don't call me a bozo. That's a very ineffective way to change a law.

As an American I feel the need to celebrate when the 4th of July rolls around. If you feel the need to "hole up" in your house that's fine with me. Just know that you're always invited to participate. Everyone is invited.

Markus Boyer

Salt Lake City

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