Newberry CSD's Fireworks
Posted: June 20, 2020
Newberry Springs Community Alliance
Blog by Ted Stimpfel
Newberry CSD General Manager Jodi Howard appears irresponsibly focused
on having a fireworks show. I wish that she would have the wisdom
of having at least some hesitation.
Howard posted a claim that the CSD is having the fireworks
because people have stated that they wanted it. But how many have
actually spoken? 10? Maybe 20? ...from a population of over 2,000.
I admit, obviously, far more in Newberry will welcome the
fireworks, but Howard's claims were not supported by any documentation.
I believe that Newberry Springs is having the fireworks show solely because
Howard and the CSD directors are too childish and immature to say no.
While most everyone enjoys public fireworks, this is
definitely the wrong time to have them. The CSD is entrusted to act
safely for the community and in this time of an expanding pandemic, the
CSD board of directors and the General Manager are demonstrating wanton
Many hundreds of people by nature will be enticed to
come to the show. Many from outside areas with the virus.
Although asked to stay within their vehicles for the show, many will
get out of their vehicles and mingle during the festive event.
There will be no control over this behavior nor over the State's
mandatory requirement of wearing a mask.
Many will be purchasing food and using the restroom
at the VFW.
COVID-19 hasn't diminished. It is with us
stronger than ever. Newberry Springs has been fortunate because
it has a sparse population. But by holding public events, the
virus can be imported and spread to families within our community.
For those who acquire the virus, a very small percentage
will unfortunately die a scary and horrifying death by suffocation.
This is not a common virus that anyone intelligently gambles with.
By hosting the public fireworks event, a dangerous message is being sent
to the community that the virus worries are over.
As noted with the county's Sheriff cadets (above picture
link), younger people can be asymptomatic and spread the disease
without any knowledge.
Currently, the infection rate of the virus has stabilized
(slowed) allowing sufficient time for hospital room adjustments to handle
a surge of new patients if necessary. This availability of hospital
beds has allowed the economy to partially reopen. The deadly virus is,
however, continuing to spread.
The Newberry CSD's relaxing of their concern over COVID-19
appears reckless. Why take an unnecessary community gamble for a
20-minute amusement show?
The media news has recently revealed that some extended
hospital patients are surviving only to be hit with medical bills nearing
$1-million. Anyone with medical expenses possibly linked to the
Newberry fireworks can place a claim against the CSD for compensation.
The CSD is taking a gamble that any such filings with punitive damages
wouldn't be upheld by a sympathetic jury.
The vast majority of communities have canceled their
fireworks shows. Not because they wanted to, but because of the
common-sense safety concern that Newberry CSD's officials lack.
"New and Dangerous Phase"
The Newberry officials that voted for the fireworks, Robert
Springer, Paula Deel, Vickie Paulsen, Jack Unger,
and Larry Clark, don't comprehend that despite the economy
reopening, the death-reaper is still harvesting. We know human nature
and that people will not stay within their vehicles during the fireworks show.
So why take any gamble?
Well, maybe because the CSD directors feel that the gamble
is personally not a risk to themselves. Even if the fireworks show does
spread the virus to others, it is hard to prove. The directors get-off
blameless and are blessed by the many happy residents who enjoyed the
These are strange, hard times. Responsible people
are doing their part to fight the virus. We know who the others
The firework show typically costs over $10-grand.
If the CSD was serious about protecting the community, even saving it, the
money would have gone into the legal defense against the Daggett Solar Power
But then, we also know how the CSD is irresponsibly handling
that obligation. A 20-minute firework show takes priority.
The kids will naturally beg to see the fireworks.
Parents will need to keep them safe while attending and not bring anything
Most people will attend a good show and return home
elated, wondering what was all the fuss about. Sadly, these will
be those uninformed who will never understand nor care what just
transpired within their community.
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