Every year, Jaffrey, New Hampshire holds a Festival of Fireworks in August that attracts thousands of people to the town and is one of the special pleasures of living there. The festival was scheduled for today, but city officials cancelled it after they received a letter threatening to set off a bomb at the event.
As one non-threatening letter writer commented in a local paper, “So much for “Live Free or Die.”
A free society in which Americans can enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness requires a citizenry that has the conviction, dedication and courage to fight for those freedoms, and a government that is not so timid that it flees from every threat. A town that cancels an event because some anonymous jerk says he’s planning to bomb it might as well cancel every event because of all the potential bombers who aren’t courteous enough to warn them. Such a town is really a prison of fear and passivity, and as alien to the traditional New Hampshire principles of defiance of tyranny and standing firm in defense of liberty as what chased Sigourney Weaver around the Nostromo. Such a town is cursed with incompetent leaders who, instead of exemplifying the best in American civic values, embrace cowardice and apathy.
The town is a disgrace to New Hampshire, America, and itself.
Let’s hope that it is just an aberration.
Facts: The Union Leader
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