Anyone who's ever had an inkling for a taco would have, at one point or another, referenced what is now a timeless Old El Paso commercial. Hard or soft tacos: Why can't we have both?
There's absolutely no reason Orange can't have both its New Year's Eve fireworks display and donate money towards drought relief at the end of the month.
There's been a groundswell of support to axe the now annual Party Under the Stars at Waratahs Sportsground and use the money spent on the display to help aid farmers in their time of need.
A great idea in essence, one Mid-Western Regional Council is seriously considering while Bathurst's annual New Year's Eve fireworks will be cancelled and the Party in the Park moved under a plan to go before Bathurst Regional Council this week.
There's even been small rumblings Sydney's multi-million dollar event could be put on the back burner to aid the cause.
Naturally, the calls to do the same in Orange have been growing, and if some of the comments on our story 'Orange fireworks committed despite likely Bathurst cancellation' are anything to go by those calls are likely to grow louder as 2019 draws to a close.
"A waste of money, spend it on the farmers", read one comment. Another: "Cancel - it's a no-brainer".
The only no-brainer here is there's a chance to support farmers and aid drought relief. Cancelling the fireworks is not the best way to do that though.
Organised by Peter McCormack, and largely funded by the McCormack Barber principal along with sponsorship from Orange council and a host of other local businesses, a deposit was outlaid months ago so the event can continue in 2019.
If the event is cancelled, the $20,000 still has to be paid and the farmers won't get a cent.
Mr McCormack has said the donations from this year's event will go towards drought relief, so aren't we better off supporting the 2019 Party Under the Stars, rather than joining a chorus of people asking for it to be canned?
Won't the event be a great way for the community to band together and support drought relief and, just for a few moments while the sky is lit up, put the hardships of 2019 to the back of our minds?
Fireworks and community support: Why can't we have both?
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