Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds made a very wise choice in canceling the Fourth of July fireworks display on Parris Island, where she is commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
But to use the excuse of "sequestration" is more than likely utter nonsense. She probably decided that it is no longer worth the risk and responsibility after the horrible events that have happened in our country of late, notably the Boston bombings and the horrific aftermath.
Although the fireworks display has been an annual tradition, I have held my breath each year until it is over, hoping and praying that it takes place incident-free. Packing thousands of people, mostly unchecked, onto the island is an accident waiting to happen.
Sadly, this is the way we have to live these days. Furthermore, no person belongs on Parris Island unless they are stationed there, training there, working there, have a visitor's pass or are there to witness a graduation.
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I thank the general for making Parris Island a safer place for our Marines and the rest of us.