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As debate surrounding Sedona’s top issues these days heats up, our web comments also increase.

Since the controversy ignited at the Sedona Fire District and the Sedona City Council voted to take over State Route 89A in West Sedona, we’ve been bombarded with comments because residents and our readers want a voice.

Most recently, stories coming out of City Hall have been most popular with our readers all around when it comes to letters to the editor and website comments.

Reporter Patrick Whitehurst’s story “Sedona City Council votes to take back 89A,” which is posted at redrocknews.com, has received 28 comments since it went live.

Both sides of the issue are represented in the comments section.

Some comments are well thought out and fair and usually include the commenter’s name. Others aren’t so eloquent and are normally listed under an unrecognizable alias.

After a comment is submitted and posted, other visitors can vote whether they agree or disagree with the post. Comment popularity shifts frequently based on which group visited the site most recently.

Periodically, as promised, we will print some of the comments from the website.

Ted Byers posted, “This is insanity. What about the remainder of the local roads that are already in disrepair thanks to Sedona’s inability to provide adequate maintenance of the streets and roadways it already has.... Where exactly is the Sedona Highway Maintenance Structure housed anyway?”

Patrick Pape posted, “As far as roads go: ADOT should have control and responsibility of pavement. Yet as the lights over the streets, that should be left to the people. Flagstaff is known as the dark sky city, very little light pollution Sedona should work on that factor. Keep the lights softer and pavement solid. The state should pay for asphalt and such. And what about bike lanes ......!!!!!!!!”

Kathryn Buttles posted, “I am proud of the members of the council who voted for taking control of 89A — Look at what ADOT wanted to do to us the last time they were in control. We can’t afford to pay attention to seniors who are afraid to drive or walk in the dark — they won’t anyway.”


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  • C. R. Frost

    This 89A controversy boggles my mind. Dark Skies are swell ... but dark streets are going to get people killed. And for Sedona to run itself into bankruptcy trying to maintain 89A, is, in my mind, lunacy. For goodness sakes, people, modern street lighting will adequately light the roadway without greatly disturbing your stargazing.

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