To the editor:
I submitted this to Mr [Jeremy] Ginsberg today [Monday, June 18]:
I recently took the time to watch the P&Z hearing on the lights issue. It was disturbing how condescending at least one member of the committee was, not only to Mr. Sini and Mr. Coley but also to the gentleman who is planning on moving to the street where some neighbors are in opposition to the light height increase.
I believe that an open mind is critical to making a determination as to what is best for the entire community—especially before all of the information has been presented—this would ensure a fair and informed decision by the committee.
It seemed to me that at least two members did not have open minds, and had already made their minds up. Perhaps they should recuse themselves from further involvement in this process as it is difficult for me to believe the outcome will based upon fair and impartial analysis were they to continue.
Safety, competitive equality and the relative allure of living in Darien versus other towns must be factors to be considered by P&Z—especially as it relates to attracting families with young children.
I fully support lights in Darien and permanent ones if that can be done. There is simply no valid reason not to have field lights. I also feel strongly that if the issue were to be pressed in court, lights in some form, would be approved.
The reality of Darien life in 2012 mandates an acknowledgment that field lights are a necessity for our children now and in the future, especially at the High School. I urge the committee to act for the many people on this issue and not just a chosen few.
Brian Del Gatto
Editor's note: This article originally was published on June 20. The time stamp has been changed for layout purposes on the Home page of Darien Patch.