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Letter to the Editor:

Seems that the Highway 45 streetlight controversy isn’t going away anytime soon.

Let’s go back a few weeks when the announcement was made by the town of Lincoln that they were going to turn the lights off on the north side of Eagle River to save cost. I was glad to hear this actually, because I could never understand the need for so much light in this area anyway.

The lights are bright and spaced far too close together. And why? It’s not a high pedestrian traffic area. The speed limit is only 40 mph, the intersections are not dangerous and the crime rate isn’t an issue, thank goodness.

And allow me to bring up an equally important issue, in my view, which has not been mentioned that I am aware of. One of the reasons we refer to the Eagle River area as “God’s Country” is that we can still go out on a clear night and enjoy the dark sky and the multitude of stars.

As more lights in parking lots and yes, streetlights, are added, we lose a little more of our dark sky with each fixture. Make no mistake, you can shield a fixture all you want to only point downward, but the reflective light still spills into the night sky. From our home in Conover, the glow of Eagle River in the southern sky is ever increasing.

So let’s end the controversy and simply leave the lights off from the Derby Track north. And while we’re at it, let’s take a look at where else we can save cost and more of our night sky by turning off some or all lights where they are not needed.

If in a year we find this has caused a problem with traffic safety, we can always revisit the matter. And if during the Derby these lights are desired for safety reasons, then turn them on for this event only.

Tom Steinbach


Tuesday, November 26, 2013 11:43 AM


-3 #2 2013-11-26 13:44
And, let's not forget the nightly light show put on at Parsons on the west side. I can understand the need when they're open for business and they pay for their own electricity but the amount of illumination after closing sure seems excessive.
+3 #1 Denny Erardi 2013-11-26 13:07
It's difficult for me to understand why this is a controversy. If it's been explained here, I apologize for asking again.

If there's no safety need for the excessive lights, and money will be saved, and there's general agreement that one of the beauties of the Northwoods is its relative pristine nature, what possible reason remains?

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