Todd Holland, West Fargo, Published February 28 2014
Letter: How about this: Just do your jobThe city of West Fargo recently announced that it is considering legalizing the use of fireworks within city limits. In a recent article in The Forum, West Fargo Police Chief Arland Rasmussen was quoted as saying, “if you can’t beat them, you should probably join them.” This seems like terrible logic for a police force to use.
There is a ban in place because fireworks are dangerous, fireworks pose a fire hazard to entire neighborhoods, fireworks are loud and disruptive, and fireworks create a mess. But since the West Fargo police force is either too ineffective or too lazy to enforce this ordinance, they would rather simply do away with it.
Well, chief, you could use that same logic to save even more resources. It would seem that speeding has always been an issue. You have been using up a large amount of resources to enforce speeding laws. Perhaps you should just repeal the speeding laws. Same is true with drug use and driving under the influence.
Or maybe you could do your job. It is your job to enforce the laws and ordinances. It might be rare that an issue arises from the use of fireworks in an urban area. However, that rare event should still be prevented as best as possible. It might be a one-in-a-million occurrence that a house burns down, but nobody would want to be that “one.” It might be a one-in-a-million occurrence that a child suffers a serious or fatal injury, but nobody would want his or her child to be that “one.”
Perhaps, if Rasmussen had ever been that “one,” he would not think that the best solution is to simply give up.
The results will never be perfect. The West Fargo police will never prevent every potentially dangerous action from occurring, but they should still try.