Letters to the Editor

'No aesthetic concerns'

ESPN's radio towers are for the birds. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy ESPN 1430's sports broadcasts. Through no fault of theirs, they were forced by the city of Clovis to relocate these towers so Clovis could build an industrial park.

When all is said and done, it will cost $180,000 for an EIR, $120,000 into a tiger salamander fund, $38,000 for bird-friendly lighting, and up to $200,000 or more for a wildlife biologist to ensure birds do not crash into the towers. Extra bright white lights and big orange balls on the guy wires complete the (ugly) picture.

Hundreds of nearby residents whose views and neighborhood will be forever tarnished by 401-foot towers. One salamander 11/4 miles away.

Not one cent spent to mitigate "people" concerns, just a few unflattering photos in the EIR to "prove" that there are no aesthetic concerns -- people and panoramic vistas don't matter.

Oh, how I wish I were a salamander. At least I couldn't lift my head high enough to see the tops of these towers.

Paul Nibur