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Campus briefs: Holiday fireworks cancelled due to construction

July 3, 2008
By The Daily News Staff
Holiday fireworks cancelled due to construction

University officials announced earlier this week that the annual July 3 fireworks display over campus has been cancelled due to conflicts with local construction. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will still perform at the event, coordinators told The San Jose Mercury News.

The three-inch firework shells normally used in the display require a launch location that is at least 210 feet from spectators, vehicles and buildings. However, because the new Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research is under construction near the event site, coordinators axed the popular fireworks finale that has followed each annual July 3 concert for over a decade.

To equate the Fourth of July with Christianity is absurd! I do not like the spreading of American-style democracy at the hands of the bloodthirsty and warlike Americans themselves. This does not lead to more Chris­tianity, but rather to a nation drifting further.
Has America brought more Christianity and Christian values to Iraq or Afghanistan or other nations it has attacked in one way or another in recent years? No. the opposite is true. America cannot impose righteousness on others. That is a personal affair, not something that can be imposed in a na-tional crusade.
Many people want to go to the United States to lust after things! It's not to fulfill some dream of freedom! Materialism, "the devotion to material wealth and possessions at the expense of spiritual or intel­lectual values," is virtually synonymous with capitalism, the profit-driven system that dominates the economies and nations of today.
Ted Rudow III,MA
Menlo Park

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