Editor Timothy Rath email@example.com
11:15 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2012
As I mentioned, I reside in a township of Grand Rapids, which is a suburb of GR, and bit more rural than in the city proper. In their revision the township made a requirement that any fire pit must be at least 25 feet from a structure in any direction of the fire pit. I guess in terms of the smoke issue, I would think that it is a personal responsibility issue on both the part of the persons who have started the fire AND on the person who might be sensitive to smoke. We cannot legislate EVERYTHING in this world that can cause harm to people. Sometimes people just have to just deal with the bad things in life - and I know this from my own life experience. I am disabled and in a wheelchair, and have learned that sometimes in the real world that there are times when I cannot do a given thing, and must instead work around it. It is NOT the job of mankind to accommodate the world & its limitations around ME.
6:09 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2012
I live in Grand Rapids Township, MI, and there had been a ban on open fires here, too.
Two years ago, my youngest son (a twentysomething young man decided to violate the ordinance here and dug a fire pit in rear of our back yard. Personally, I see nothing wrong with having either an in-ground or above ground fire pit if proper safety precautions are observed. Just this month, our township decided to revise their ordinance to include fire pits if used for recreational purposes. To respond to DT's remarks: We are already living in such an overregulated "nanny state" society these days, and to outlaw and/or ban the enjoyment that one derives from sitting in their back yard on a summer evening sitting around a contained fire pit is simply ridiculous.
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