Recently an article appeared in the Aiken Standard that noted Aiken government boasted of “improvements” to the lighting in downtown Aiken. It was my misfortune to experience this “improvement.”

Emerging from the Catch 231 restaurant after an enjoyable experience, my sight was assaulted by an intense orange glow cast in all directions by the “improved” sodium vapor high intensity street lighting. No longer is the night sky visible. No longer can I see the quality and colors of the merchandise in the store fronts as I window shop. I must keep my eyes on the sidewalk and rush to my car to escape this “improvement” to what was once a lovely, historic, and, unique downtown space. What a treasure to squander so needlessly in the name of “improvement.”

Daniel Filippelli