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Letter

Crotched lights, really an issue?

To the editor:

I read with interest your Aug. 13 front-page article “Crotched lights a glaring issue.” As skiers and boarders, my family has enjoyed the mountain for many years. Last winter, with the addition of the new lift and trails, the experience was elevated to a new level; it skis like a new mountain.

I will admit that I look at the lighting issue from a skier’s perspective. While I personally have not attended Midnight Madness, my hope is the issue can be resolved, and the mountain continue to prosper financially and provide recreation and enjoyment. I really wonder how much of a regional issue this is or is it being driven by the concerns of a few? I have many friends in the area who ski and board and as many who do not. There has not been one time when I have mentioned the mountain and received a reply concerning light pollution.

I live in Bennington and go out frequently at night and look at the stars. It’s dark. I live 3 miles away. Occasionally I can see a glow from a distance that I assume is the mountain. The mountain has a northeastern exposure; it’s amazing that folks 25 miles to the west in Nelson and Stoddard have any light pollution at all or, as one letter writer stated, “light pouring” through their windows at night. Having heard no complaints personally from people who live in the towns adjacent to the mountain, I am curious as to how many have actually complained? It’s interesting that the Francestown Zoning Board Chairman received only one response from the five towns solicited about the issue. Thanks much for your continued coverage of this issue.

William Moreen

Bennington

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