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An investment in the community

Dear Editor:I would like to comment on the article “Blinded by the lights” published Oct. 6 in The Aspen Times and on the complaints from the City of Aspen Planning and Zoning commission and unnamed citizens.My neighborhood is the closest to the field, and I get a bird’s eye view of the lights every night they are on. I can hear the players, coaches and the cheers of the crowd. I believe these to be the sounds of a healthy, involved community. I’ll walk over, grab a hot dog and soda, then mingle with the members of my community.The field facilities are the newest investment in the youth of our community that started with the expansion of our schools, the building of the ARC and the youth center. This state-of-the-art facility supports football, soccer and lacrosse. These are good things that I want my children (as well as other children in our community) to experience.Over the years the City of Aspen and Pitkin county have allowed special events that affect year round citizens with additional fire works, illumination of Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain (before, during and after the events) and rock concerts downtown. All this is done for the fiscal gain of our economy, which, I believe, is necessary as well as fun.However, I think it is necessary for the young men and women of our community to participate in organized sports at night instead of hanging out downtown. Playing under the lights is a great experience they will never forget, and the life skills they learn from playing team sports is invaluable.I encourage Brian Speck, Jasmine Tygre and other people with concerns to come down and get a first hand look of what a positive experience they are missing. It’s not light pollution. It’s investing in our community and children. Please come to a game, have a hot dog, soda, and be welcomed by your fellow members from this community.Charlie MartinAspen