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Rep sparks fireworks debate - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 23 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 18, 2011, titled Rep sparks fireworks debate - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

When Rep. Rich Bastien sees amateur fireworks displays on the Fourth of July, he sees jobs and tax dollars going up in smoke in the night sky.

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Unionguy

Leominster, MA

#1 Jan 18, 2011
Bastien is a typical Republican! It's all about more business for big business
Sparklers burn at at approx. 1000 degrees and are responsible for hundreds of eye injuries in hundreds of children every year.
Every year thousands of children are burned by use of fireworks.
This rookie Rep. needs walk down from Beacon Hill to the hospital area and take a tour of the Shriners Burn Center for Children.
On the other hand, he probably won't have time, he's a one termer!!!
vote the bums out

Westford, MA

#3 Jan 18, 2011
uninion guy..you keep mentioning children get hurt.
parenting issue...
you got to be pretty dumb in my book to get hurt.

legal fireworks, it will never happen in this state. liberals have to protect us from ourselves ya know.

the best firework displays i see around town are at the police officers houses..
No Kidding

Augusta, ME

#4 Jan 18, 2011
justice 4 all wrote:
haha- Mass laws are asinine! I live in mass and go to NH every year to buy about $2k worth of fireworks and bring them home. Doing this for 15 years now.
Silly mass reps think putting regulations on using fireworks is going to change anything!!! lol I still wont apply for some silly permit or take a pyro class! what makes them think they know any better then I do?!?!
It's my right- it's my land- it's my money- and I'll do with it what I please... and that will never change.
It is about time the MORONS that sit on Beacon Hill playing with themselves learn that.
justajake

Groton, MA

#5 Jan 18, 2011
To unionguy - I couldn't say it any better. I'm going to assume you're a firefighter and/or EMT who has seen plenty of fireworks injuries.

To justice4all - You're the kind of idiot that provides job security for EMT's and firefighters across the country - Darwin will always keep me employed.
Anti Jake

United States

#6 Jan 18, 2011
justajake wrote:
To unionguy - I couldn't say it any better. I'm going to assume you're a firefighter and/or EMT who has seen plenty of fireworks injuries.
To justice4all - You're the kind of idiot that provides job security for EMT's and firefighters across the country - Darwin will always keep me employed.
And your attitude is why I will oppose every cent of money wasted on "jakes".
masshole

Winchendon, MA

#7 Jan 18, 2011
What a great idea. I hope while he's at it he can get us rifle deer-hunting again, and let me shoot my slingshot I bought in NH too.

What about "justice 4 all" who spends 2k a year in fireworks each year. What a dummy. Take the 2k, get you and your best gal (or guy) a couple of tickets to Cancun, and watch the fireworks down there.
Liz

Waterbury, VT

#8 Jan 18, 2011
I grew up in Gardner, and the fireworks ban was enforced in my neighborhood (we even had a betting pool). Has that changed?

I fully support the fireworks ban because people don't use common sense. Folks with tiny yards decide that their fireworks display has to rival The Boston Pops. I've seen sparklers waved in crowds, and rockets set off from balconies. It's all fun and games until a Roman Candle comes through your window and sets your living room on fire.

If the ban is lifted, I think it should be like Ohio's law: if it leaves the ground, it's illegal.
andromeda

Fitchburg, MA

#9 Jan 18, 2011
TAXACHUSETTS - 6.25% SALES TAX
NEW HAMPSHIRE - 0% SALES TAX
ENOUGH SAID!!!!
Joe

Gardner, MA

#10 Jan 18, 2011
Imagine, we could be trusted with fireworks. What a novel idea.
RedWhiteBlue

Hingham, MA

#11 Jan 19, 2011
Gee what a surprise....anti-fireworks sentiment in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts.It's hard enough to find a public building that will fly an American Flag,let alone allowing people to shoot fireworks to celebrate our Nations Birthday.This state and all the "nanny state" liberals who reside here are making us the laughing stock of the nation.The conservative,Tea Party types made gains in every state in the country in Nov. except us.Who do you think is right,49 States or us?How long before we ban bathtubs,because they cause far more injuries than Fireworks!

Since: Dec 07

Leominster, MA

#12 Jan 19, 2011
Enough of the Nanny state. Enough of taking freedoms away from the people. Govt is here to keep me safe from my neighbor, not myself. Progressives need to get some therapy to find out their need to control others.

Make fireworks legal. No strings attached.
Capn

Pittsfield, NH

#13 Jan 22, 2011
The fireworks related injuries that are reported each year are inflated by combining professional fireworks employees along with injuries caused from illegal home made devices also injuries caused by unlicensed untrained individuals illegaly mis-using professional fireworks. Consumer fireworks in the US must meet CPSC requirements and be tested by an ASFL laboratory. Fireworks that meet these requirements and used as directed are safe for use by responsble adults, period. No children would be burned by sparklers or any other firework if irresposible parents would refrain from giving them fireworks, fireworks are not toys and they are not for children.
Snow Job

Leominster, MA

#14 Jan 22, 2011
You cannot legislate stupidity. I'm surprised the mor=ons at the state house don't try banning sno throwers, they injure more people than fireworks do.
really now

Lowell, MA

#15 Jan 23, 2011
Cars kill and maim people everyday. People get hurt and or killed because of alcohol consumption everyday. Matches have caused countless fires because kids play with them. Many people have burned down their houses because of a lit cigarette. Are the idiots that run this state going to ban all these items?
I can't stand that the state government thinks that it knows what is best for me. The last time a checked I was a responsible ADULT.
Ban Everything

Cambridge, MA

#16 Jan 25, 2011
We should just ban everything. One way or the other, something can be made, used, or happen accidentally to kill or hurt someone. So, since we live in a Nanny State,politicians and commie mommy's obviously know what is best for me or my child. With the conditions of how MA is and how it is run now, makes me wonder, why we even fought the Red Coats in the first place, so we could just turn it back into a dictatorship split between DeLeo and Deval. Massachusetts, if the world were to get an enema, Beacon Hill is where the tube would go!
Palermitano

Medford, MA

#17 Jan 30, 2011
This State is a JOKE. We are 1 of 5 states that have a complete ban. It needs to be controled. Permits age limit etc. The can make revenue off the permits as well as the sales let alone creating JOBS!!! People need to be held accountable for their actions. if you use without a permit FINE them! make more money. Your 5 year old gets burned because of your stupidity goes on your record and you lose your permit privilages. LETS WAKE UP MA....
Not a liberal moron

East Sandwich, MA

#18 Mar 11, 2011
heres the issue. You libs see allowing fireworks as a few less details for state and local police who can make a few extra bucks. You are ALL about increasing and or maintaining big government. The fact of the matter is...people are ALWAYS going to shoot off fireworks in celebration...legal or not. If it is legalized, MORE jobs would be created in both the private and the public sector. There would be fantastic tax revenues along with permitting/licensing fees for people who had the intention of performing their own show. Like the state of PA, we could implement a permit required to purchase if you are a resident in the state. The permit reflects the date and time you plan on your consumer level display...I believe it costs about 25 dollars...maybe 50. I'd pay 250 without a second thought because through communication we can have a safer and better time. Considering its up to what? 46 states that have legalized them due to the financial gains they yield...and given the current economic crisis...why not.
Bug bye

Gardner, MA

#19 Mar 11, 2011
Unions. Lol!!!

Kiss your CBA goodbye.

Love it.
whatadummy

Winchendon, MA

#20 Mar 11, 2011
Not a liberal moron wrote:
heres the issue. You libs see allowing fireworks as a few less details for state and local police who can make a few extra bucks. You are ALL about increasing and or maintaining big government. The fact of the matter is...people are ALWAYS going to shoot off fireworks in celebration...legal or not. If it is legalized, MORE jobs would be created in both the private and the public sector. There would be fantastic tax revenues along with permitting/licensing fees for people who had the intention of performing their own show. Like the state of PA, we could implement a permit required to purchase if you are a resident in the state. The permit reflects the date and time you plan on your consumer level display...I believe it costs about 25 dollars...maybe 50. I'd pay 250 without a second thought because through communication we can have a safer and better time. Considering its up to what? 46 states that have legalized them due to the financial gains they yield...and given the current economic crisis...why not.
The public sector jobs you must be referring to are the ambulance drivers that we'll need to hire in order to get the burn victims to the hospital, and the private sector jobs are the emergency room personnel we'll need to treat them once we get them there.. You Republicans sure are stupid. This state has stringent laws because of where we've been, not where we're going. Don't take a step forward and two steps back-this is a no-brainer. Anyway, ask that Rebubli-dummy Mr. Bastien what the state fire marshal said when he personally implored him to "look at both sides" of the issue. He laughed at him. Because the state fire marshal is smart and sensible, and Rich Bastien is just plain dumb.'Create jobs" my arse... Just plain grandstanding and headline grabbing by another nitwit conservative pretending to act in the citizens' best interests. Dead issue.
Conundrums

Fitchburg, MA

#21 Mar 12, 2011
kamin wrote:
Enough of the Nanny state. Enough of taking freedoms away from the people. Govt is here to keep me safe from my neighbor, not myself. Progressives need to get some therapy to find out their need to control others.
Make fireworks legal. No strings attached.
Your freedoms being taken away, what a joke, fireworks? What thoughts do you have concerning the Patriot Act?

I'm afraid you don't know what freedom is..

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