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Well done to Roslyn Dee for drawing attention to the disappearance, due to excessive lighting, of our wonderful night sky (‘Let’s celebrate the awesome beauty of dark sky reserves’, Irish Independent, December 9).

have noticed in recent years that the warm, amber-toned lightbulbs in our towns and villages are gradually being replaced by white, energy-saving LED bulbs.

Not alone do these bulbs look horrible, studies have shown this type of harsh lighting can have a detrimental effect on our mental wellbeing, as well as causing confusion among our furry and feathered friends. A recent trip to Dublin city centre reminded me of the scene in It’s a Wonderful Life where George Bailey is taken from his beloved hometown of Bedford Falls, finding himself instead in Pottersville – a nightmare of bright lights and flashing neon.

It would be great if the powers-that-be in our councils could maybe have a rethink, and do something about this light pollution.

Ann O’Duffy

Dalkey, Co Dublin

Credit to the test centres, debit to the moaners and groaners

I have just returned from getting a PCR test in Ashbourne, Co Meath.

I was most impressed by the staff in the Covid test centre there.

Indeed they all deserve great credit, both the stewards standing out in the rain, who organised the parking and scheduling, and the HSE staff inside who carried out the test.

The whole process was highly organised and most efficient and I was in and out in jig time, despite the constant stream of cars and people arriving.

For a while now, I have been galled when I turned on my radio or TV only to hear a barrage of complaints about what could, should and might have been done earlier. Well, isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing.

I don’t subscribe to any particular political persuasion but I have to say that, now that they have hindsight on their side, a few political representatives/‘hurlers on the ditch’ seem to be experts on Covid, and never cease to criticise every move the Government and Nphet have ever made and ever will make.

What I’d like to know is, have we become a nation of moaners and complainers who can’t acknowledge the positives and can only criticise and look for flaws?

Is this the new Ireland?  As one who grew up in the 1960s, I can remember a generation who were most appreciative and grateful for the services and sacrifices of others.

Let us not lose that, please.

Surely it is in everyone’s interest to keep a sense of gratitude, balance, perspective and discernment.

This is essential for any healthy society and is needed now more than ever, in order to keep up the morale of those in our health services, who are, and have been doing their utmost to keep us all safe.

Name and address with Editor 

School closures a necessary port in Storm Barra’s path

In response to Jason Fitzharris’ letter (‘Like Nphet, Met Éireann is calling the shots now’, Letters, December 11), I have to disagree with him.

The closing of schools, universities and creches was a safety measure.

Because of …….

Source: https://www.independent.ie/opinion/letters/beauty-of-the-night-skies-vanishing-behind-nightmare-of-harsh-led-lights-and-flashing-neon-41143681.html

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