Wednesday, February 11, 2009

'Dark sky' ordinance is ridiculous

The dark sky ordinance has gone way beyond the bounds of being ridiculous.

Lights at intersections and down the streets were installed for one major reason—safety.

It is amazing that a few whiners can have all the lights within city limits changed, darkened or turned off. It took just one person to complain about lights disturbing his view while looking to the planets through his telescope to change all of the lighting around the valley. That person could have simply loaded his telescope into his SUV and driven two or three minutes to a dark place to enjoy the view. Instead, he complained that he should have complete darkness in his yard because there were lights on around his neighborhood. If you want total darkness, then buy a mountaintop retreat instead of living in a city.

Hello, this is a city, where lights are put at intersections and on people's houses, driveways, pathways and businesses. Most of the lights are on for safety. Now the safety of 700 people has been cast aside by the Sun Valley City Council.

I have been one of the unfortunate pedestrians who have been hit by a pickup truck while crossing an intersection where there was a stop sign. The woman driving was in a hurry and decided to blow through the stop sign because she wanted to get where she was going right away.

I landed on the hood of her truck with my head just inches away from hers as she kept driving. I looked at her and yelled stop. She then stopped and I slide off of her hood. If I had been the size a child instead of 6 feet 8 inches I probably would not be here today. The lights at that intersection were out. Now they have been removed.

Let lights be put where they are needed for safety's sake, and used. It's time to change the dark sky ordinance and stop listening to the whiners.

R.J. Scheu


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