The following was received from Josh and Christina Ramey of Grass Valley:
Our freedoms are continually under fire but when it comes to the celebration of Independence day in Nevada County, we must stand our ground.
Please read what John Adams (signer of Declaration of Independence and 2nd President of the United States) said about Independence Day in a letter to his wife Abigail.
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.
You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means."
People are worried about fireworks starting forest fires, but history shows that while there is heightened awareness in early July we don't have the large fires in our area until August and September. It is being proposed that Nevada County Residents who do not live in the City will be banned from purchasing fireworks. Nevada County (by city regulation) already has the strictest regulations for selling fireworks in the state. Please support keeping Independence Day celebrations legal for everyone and let the Grass Valley city council know that this is one freedom we are not ready to give away.
Place: Grass Valley City Hall, Council Chambers
Date: April 2nd, Wednesday
Time: 6 pm
Please help get the word out by forwarding to those you know who love freedom in Nevada County.
CABPRO Report note:
If you cannot attend the Grass Valley City Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 2, but would sitll like to voice your opinion to the City Council Members we encourage you to send them each an email by clicking on their names below. The email addresses for each City Council Member are from the City of Grass Valley website.
UPDATE 4/3/08: As reported in the local newspaper (Here) the Grass Valley City Council voted unanimously at last night’s public hearing to not change the current ordinance stating they made their decision in support of tradition and patriotism. In God We Trust!