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Thieves and vandals

In the (“Lights and thefts,” Sept. 9, the letter-writer) incorrectly diagnosed the message from the Aug. 18 The Union article, whereas he states his neighbor … is trying to get the Board of Supervisors to pass an ordinance against “security lights.” The issue here, observing as a neighbor to (both parties), is whether (the letter-writer’s) large mercury vapor floodlight, secured on a 30-foot makeshift pole, shining 24 hours a day, is really for the purpose of scaring off thieves?

Possibly, his motive is to harass his neighbor … for disagreements among themselves. Research studies have shown that large, bright outdoor lights in a rural area do not necessarily deter thieves and vandals, but rather attract them like ticks to a dog.

William Fowler



Nevada City


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