Compromise needed


I’m disturbed by the hyperbole regarding the issue of lights at Malibu High. Few, if any, homes are more affected than mine by the temporary lights at football games. This was not a problem for me as I attended the night football games. The claim made in a recent letter from a student that “only six to eight homes would be directly affected by these lights” is mistaken. Many more than eight homes are affected.

For years, I’ve been an advocate for Friday night games at Malibu High. Friday night football is a wonderful activity for the entire community. My ex-wife was largely responsible for raising the money necessary for the creation of the football program. For years, when the Malibu newspapers did not cover football games, I attended every game, both home and away, and wrote reports that The Malibu Times published. This was after our three sons finished playing football. I’ve consistently demonstrated my support for the football program. My concern is that the approval of temporary lights will be the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent. Once approved, how can I know that such approval won’t lead to there being dozens of nights a year when the field will be lit? I hope that we can come together as a community and reach an accord that provides the opportunity for a wonderful activity for citizens while protecting the reasons that I chose to live where I have for so many years.

Paul Spiegel