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Let the dark night sky remain unlit

By Monday, Feb 3, 2020 Letters

To the editor:

The message in the Feb. 3 Eyes to the Skies column about Dark Sky legislation is an urgent one: this is a time when many communities are looking to convert to more energy-efficient lighting. This can bring big energy savings, whether it’s done well, or poorly. Doing it poorly means fewer stars to gaze at, threats to human and ecosystem health, and the disruption of circadian rhythms. While the Dark Sky bill languishes in committee, National Grid is offering small towns like mine the opportunity for a free conversion to LED street lighting. But the lights they are proposing are too bright and too white. Technology has brought us lots of choices — good legislation can ensure that towns make the best ones.

Janet Jensen

454 Main Road

Monterey, Mass.