Late last week, growing public outcry squelched some poorly conceived plans by Lord Mayor of the Emeril™ City and some casino officials to mark the date with comedy shows and fireworks. (LINK)
But in a city that loves an argument, there is division on this. Some think only a somber observance respecting those who lost their lives, livelihoods, neighbors and neighborhoods would be appropriate. Others want to celebrate recovery, to the extent it's happening, and rebirth, to the extent it's changing anything.
They both have points, and I think it's clearly inappropriate to hold a comic Standupfest, much less a fireworks display. But I think some acknowledgment of the countless hours - most unheralded - put in by a determined populace to bring their city back is worthy of some formal observance.
Whatcha tinka dat, hanh?