Everyone loves fireworks or so I used to think. We know animals don\u2019t. I have now been reminded that some veterans suffering from PTSD do not like them either. Both of these factors should be considered in next year\u2019s decision.\r\n\r\nAs for this year, the decision not to have fireworks was mostly financial \u2013 but not entirely. When I first came into office in 2015, the cost for a fireworks show was about $3,500, plus a local technician who set them off usually charged an additional 10% for his fee. In about 2017, a new state law required that not one, but two certified pyrotechnic shooters be on hand during the fireworks display. That year, the local shooter said it would be his last. Like everything else, the cost had increased to $5,500 by 2019. Knowing the majority want and expect fireworks, the Town had continued to deliver Fourth of July fireworks until 2020.\u00a0 \r\n\r\nNow for the rest of the story. \r\n\r\nThe fireworks company the Town was using required that a contract be signed in January for fireworks in July. In 2020, the beginning of a new decade, and expecting more requests for fireworks, the company said there was a minimum fee of $10,000, and I said \u201cno-way.\u201d As it turned out, Covid-19 changed things and about May 2020 the company had back-peddled and would have done the show for a lesser price. Under last year\u2019s circumstance, I passed on the offer. Again, in January 2021, no one knew what would be happening by July 4, and I passed again. \r\n\r\nBTW, some of the local fireworks may have been just as good.\r\n\r\nLooking to July 2022, I want to plan to have fireworks, but if the price remains at $10,000, Marlinton may have to look to local fundraising to cover the cost.\r\n\r\nFrom the \u201cold grey mayor\u2019s\u201d perspective, every time a display explodes, I wonder how much it cost? By the end of the show, I am thinking the money spent could have been playground equipment, picnic tables and new trash containers \u2013 or more than a good down-payment on a vehicle.\r\n\r\nLet me know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at Mayor Sam Felton.\u00a0\r\n\r\nSpecial thanks to Roy Lee and Susie Landis and Angel Wilkinson for Monday\u2019s mowing, trimming and cleaning around town. You made a big difference.