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Petition to Dannel Malloy, Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut State Senate, Chris Murphy, Joe Courtney, Connecticut State House, Elizabeth Esty, Rosa DeLauro

Legalize all consumer fireworks in Connecticut.

 In Connecticut, any fireworks that shoot in the air or explode are illegal. Possessing, selling or using unlawful fireworks is a Class 1 misdemeanor But, many people violate this law and simply buy fireworks in another state (Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Hampshire, etc.) and smuggle them into Connecticut and use them anyway.  Allowing these fireworks would attract more firework businesses to the state and give more business to existing ones, which means more tax money. Since a lot of the state is rural, it would be a lot more productive to have counties and towns set the laws, not the state. It is also a waste of law enforcement's time and  resources that could be used for a better purpose. Also, safe and sane fireworks can be just as dangerous as the ones banned in Connecticut as you can see from these examples: A 6-inch fountain that shot colored fireballs injured a 4-year-old girl. When the fountain tipped over, the victim was struck in the chest by a fireball. She sustained second- and third- degree burns to her chest and neck. She was hospitalized for three weeks for burn treatment and skin grafts. A 15-year-old male tied together the wires of 10 sparklers. The sparklers ignited quickly and burned down very fast, finally exploding in his hand. The victim sustained a five-inch long laceration to his hand and forearm exposing muscle. Also, debris from the explosion lodged in his hand and arm.  Firework injuries: a ten year study ( proved that "Flare/fountains caused most injury (39% of injuries)" Why does the government have to be responsible for firework injuries? If people took proper precautionary measures, they wouldn't get hurt. The government isn't liable for these injuries. Last 4th of July, in a neighborhood we heard LOUD booms made by illegal fireworks that had to have been purchased in another state. These fireworks could have gotten Connecticut more tax dollars and supported local businesses, but the law (Which didn't seem to be enforced very much) prevented that. It seems logical given the current deficit in the budget that any influx of revenue would be welcomed, not to mention helping small buisneses grow and hire more employees thus boosting the economy even more. Even if you don't live in Connecticut, your signature could help this petition suceed.

Robert Lamoureux
13 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Rep. Ken Calvert, Army Corps Of Engineers (Army Corps Of Engineers Senior Public Affairs Specialist)

Save The Largest Patriotic Mural In America

At nearly 100,000 sq feet, the Prado Dam Bicentennial Mural can be seen by some 300,000 cars that pass by it daily along the 91 freeway in Corona California.  The mural is actually six times the size of Mt. Rushmore! 

How the mural got there is as impressive as It's message, in 1976 it was designed and painted by Corona High School students to be part of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration, which became the most massive volunteer movement in peacetime history. Over the years the Mural has been damaged, but even though groups like the Boy Scouts have volunteered to repair the 40 year old Icon, the Army Corps of Engineers has turned down all requests solely on the premise of lead paint in the mural.  It's on that claim alone, the Corps has now resolved to strip off the mural in the next few months.  With the Corps failure to put a vintage restoration plan in place, the Mural could be lost forever or even replaced by a different design.

The 10,000 Inspirational comments left here by petitioners along with the resolutions that were passed in support by the five cities that surround the mural, leave no doubt that the public wants the mural preserved as a living part of our communities life, development and to benefit that of present and future generations. This is why, original Mural Artist and creator Ron Kammeyer has teamedup with the Mural Conservancy of L.A. to stop the destruction.  Since 2012, the Mural Conservancy has been restoring the famed 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals in downtown Los Angeles.  Those Murals were covered in heavy graffiti, but are now almost fully restored.  The group believes that compared to other projects, the Bicentennial Mural is child's play .  Both Kammeyer and the Mural Conservancy are being represented by Eric Bjorgum of Karish & Bjorgum PC in Pasadena, California.  Please sign the petition below to show your support for the restoration of the current Bicentennial mural.

Prado Dam
26,663 supporters