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The Curmudgeon as Smokey The Bear

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio Times readers in Zona Sul this weekend will have seen, or at least sniffed, the results of a seemingly unquenchable passion—loosing decorative balloons (“balões”) in the weeks surrounding St John’s Day, June 24th. These artfully decorated and constructed hot air balloons, reaching four to five meters in height, float on the breeze for kilometers over the town, lighting up the night sky with bright colors, drawing oohs! and aahs! from spectators, until they fall to earth.

And that’s the problem.

For sometimes, when they . . .

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