December 30, 2010
I'm fortunate to live in an area now where you can see the Milky Way Galaxy when the moon starts to wane and rises later each night. For over fifty years I rarely saw the stars because of all the light pollution, air pollution and haze in Cincinnati, Ohio.
There's a great movement afoot to recreate the dark skies we once had decades ago. A recent article in USAToday.com showing the dark skies map tells a horrible tale of what's going wrong here in the USA.
I'm not much for government legislation and control in our lives, but some laws are absolutely necessary. My wife Kathy and I own a plot of land in New Hampshire that's part of a seven-lot association. Fortunately we were able to help write the rules of the association. We included language in the covenants all about dark skies lighting.
I urge you to get in touch with your state legislators and get them on board with the policies at the Dark Skies Association. Future generations will thank us indeed.