Halloween fireworks display caused fear

I would never have thought I could be a fearful person. But on Halloween when the fireworks went off in town, I jumped a mile, myheart sank and I seriously thought there was a shooter in town. I was ready to dive into Northwest Sports, where I was standing. Severalothers also were frightened until someone said it was fireworks.

The next day when I told someone about the fireworks and my fear, they said, “This is Vashon, that wouldn’t have crossed my mind.”

And today I wake with the news of another mass shooting. It took place in Thousand Oaks, California, considered the third-safest townin the United States. Parkland, Florida, was also considered a very safe place to live.

We here on Vashon, unfortunately, are not immune to violence. Please consider how frightening unexpected fireworks can be thesedays.

— Lornie Walker

More in Letters to the Editor

School and park districts should provide more access to track and field

Scott Harvey’s letter hits the nail on the head about the highly… Continue reading

Climate change: It is time to act

In Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, bipartisan federal legislation was introduced… Continue reading

Our government does not have clean hands

In addition to the First Amendment arguments that support Julian Assange’s innocence,… Continue reading

Private fireworks should be banned

With the recent horrific fires and loss of life and property in… Continue reading

Granny’s Attic supports many important services

After the meetings and discussions, it seems that there is a pretty… Continue reading

School district needs to tighten its belt

The recent Beachcomber article “School district officials tell legislators: Sustainability, solvency at… Continue reading

Island angels enhance life for seniors

How many of us truly realize what a treasure we have in… Continue reading

Billing for ambulance transport is unfair

This year, Vashon Island Fire Rescue (VIFR) got a gift from island… Continue reading

Gun owners need to use weapons safely

I am a Vietnam veteran (1968). Although I live within earshot of… Continue reading

What to do after I-1631 failure?

You may have heard some economist last week mention the concept of… Continue reading

Halloween fireworks display caused fear

I would never have thought I could be a fearful person. But… Continue reading

Donated funds strengthen schools

We appreciate your generous support.