Spectators on the Windsor side enjoying the annual summer fireworks over the Detroit River.
Jason Kryk / Windsor Star
Every year, I get excited when the Detroit Parade Company announces the date for the Ford Fireworks.I love this event, taking place this year at sunset on June 24, and so do thousands of Windsorites. I stand by the river’s edge with friends and family on one of my favourite nights in the downtown and look across to our neighbour Detroit as the fireworks sparkle and boom above.The Parade Company annually fundraises $1 million for this event. Its website lists the 2018 sponsorship group that included corporations, philanthropists, individuals and the City of Detroit. In 2018, VIA Rail was the only Canadian sponsor. What? Nothing from City of Windsor? I am a little embarrassed. Only in 2012, the year of Detroit’s bankruptcy, did the City of Windsor contribute $12,500 and the DWBIA gave $8,000.I am all for Windsor being careful with taxpayers’ money, but I think being good friends means the Windsor side of the river needs to up its game and start annual funding of the fireworks. I would like to see our newly elected Windsor city councillors discuss the issue of cross-border event sponsorships. Currently, the City of Windsor sponsors the Detroit Grand Prix car races at $50,000 annually. In a broader context, I admire Detroit’s revitalized downtown. I hope Windsor’s downtown will see a similar revitalization. The location of the fireworks benefits both downtowns.I am a relatively new Windsor resident. I do not always understand the local traditions, but not helping to pay for something so many Windsorites enjoy makes me feel uneasy. Sort of like going out for dinner where the other party always pays. I think real friendships celebrate by sharing.Neil Mens, WindsorShare Your ViewsSend letters to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t send them as attachments; put them in the body of the emails.) Letters must include your full name, address and phone number. (We will only publish your name and the municipality where you live.) Letters must be fewer than 300 words. The Star reserves the right to edit, condense and reject letters.